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Scented Bus Stops
Arcade Marketing Inc., in tandem with the California Milk Processor Board, is putting up a new type of advertisement at bus stops that emit the smell of chocolate chip cookies. The ad, which will be placed at five bus stops in downtown San Francisco, utilizes the company's technology called MagniScent®, which disseminates smell via scent-infused adhesives affixed to the inside of the bus shelters and undersides of the benches. While scent-based advertisements have been used in magazines, it's supposedly a first for outdoor advertising. Though, I swear some fast-food burger joints deliberately pump burger smoke outside just to get me to walk in! Interesting that the Milk Board would use cookie smell to attract attention to milk. Source: Strange New Products
Ads by Consumers
Maybe the writers finally ran out of ideas for the MasterCard "Priceless" ads. That's what it looked like earlier this year when they sat an actor down in a chair and had him type out empty spaces, inviting viewers to try filling in the blanks themselves. Apparently, the ad copywriters were just up with the latest fashion. This is the moment of in-your-hands consumer advertising -- the kind generated by the masses rather than for the masses. From Emerald Nuts' make-your-own contest to Mozilla FireFox's posting of consumer-produced spots at firefoxflicks.com, the creative directors seem to be handing over the work to us common folk. There's marketing powerhouse Procter & Gamble, responsible for such memorable ad icons as Folger's Mrs. Olson and "99 and 44/100 % pure'' Ivory soap, offering a $1,000 prize to foodservice professionals who can come up with the best pitch for the Dawn Grease Fighting Arsenal used in cafeterias and restaurant kitchens. All these efforts to encourage consumer-generated marketing may look like a cheap trick to get free ideas, but advertising executives say there's more to it. What's actually happening is the industry is trying to plug into a very connected online audience that has little patience for traditional ads. Source: Post-Gazette.com
Buyjake.com is a website set up by a mother who thinks her child is so cute that companies will want to put their logos on his clothing or him for $100 000 a year. “I will dress in your company’s provided apparel (and sport a tattoo!) everywhere I go for the amount of time chosen. Want me to
personal digital assistant . so do their ability to imitate the world's ad-cluttered landscapes. has to say about Baby Jake: In today’s creative world of advertising we not only need to know our customers but we need to find creative ways of reaching them to deliver our message. linking the brand directly with an enjoyable activity." As video games become increasingly lifelike. It's mainstream. "Games are not even a phenomenon anymore. “Here is what Tim Farina. In 1985. And this is only the beginning for the fast-growing industry of advertising in video games. Radio Shack followed with a commercial aboard the International Space Station. Source: The Gazette -4- . Source: GUSH magazine Spacevertising It seems we’re running out of advertising space (or at least good/fresh space) so now companies are eager to increase their market share in space. It featured a Russian cosmonaut opening a Father’s Day present. but marketers say advertising could help fund scientific research. NASA is currently working with the Bush administration to conduct an evaluation for a commercialization strategy in space." said Brandon Berger of Ogilvy interactive. Then in 2001 Pizza Hut flew with the Russian Space Agency and became the first to deliver pizza in space.from the same gadget maker.do a commercial? How about a public appearance? I’ll do that too. A company called perfectpopcorn. Source: Trend Hunter In-game Advertising High-tech spy Sam Fisher uses a Sony Ericsson phone to snap a picture of terrorists and sends it to home base. Product placements like Sam Fisher's camera phone is the most popular choice. Depending who you ask. And it can only grow from here. has actually offered Jake $350 for a month’s worth of wearing their clothing. And as production costs for major titles can hit $40 million. the tools he needs to complete his missions are quite real. Berger said.” All advertising must be preapproved by Mom (nothing distasteful). Coca-Cola and Pepsi seized an opportunity to test the viability of carbonated drinks in space. Then he reads his mission briefings on his PDA . President & CEO of Javanni Inc. Both companies benefited from the first unofficial taste test in space. These are major consumers. "Advertisers want to engage audiences in the environments where they are. NASA has been reluctant to participate. in-game advertising could be worth up to $4 billion by 2010. which creates in-game ads for client brands. While Fisher may be fictional hero of Ubisoft's Montreal-made Splinter Cell video game series. some extra cash is highly welcome.com. as the eyeballs of young men shift from the television to the gaming console.
Our goal is to connect your business to qualified consumers that are seeking your company’s product or service by eliminating the waste of traditional direct response advertising methods. this works perfectly next to airports where people already see the advertising from far up. Using fields between 50. No.000 square meters the company can create characters of up to 100meters length while only using natural colors and elements. created by Artfield (website in german). but the chain unveiled a new TV ad Thursday that allows viewers to crack a hidden message if they play the spot back slowly on a digital video recorder or VCR. Source: Brand Infection Teleformance Teleformance is a Pay-Per-Call advertising account management company. Colonel Sanders’ herbs-and-spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken is still safely locked away. and is the only company in the nation devoted solely to this service. Our experienced team will work with you to customize your strategic campaign and distribute your ads across the nation’s largest network of search engines and online directories. Pretty crazy but hey.Fieldvertising Here’s one for Switzerland’s airline group Swiss Air. The gimmick is aimed -5- . We manage every aspect of the Pay-Per-Call advertising campaign process for your company. a company shaping agricultural land into art but also advertising. KFC wants to share a secret. not that secret. Source: Teleformance Hidden Clues Psstt.000 and 100.
an executive at Foote Cone & Belding.” said Tom O’Keefe. President of Unilever Home & Personal Care U. Inc. the advertising agency that created the spot for KFC Corp. advertising on our patented permanently attached five. AquaCell launched its innovative advertising campaign in Duane Reade stores throughout the NY metro area and Rite Aid drugstores nationwide. AquaCell continues to roll out its program to numerous retailers and expects to expand beyond the pharmacy segment in the near future." said Alan Jope. “This is taking the exact opposition approach — rewarding viewers for taking the time to engage and be interactive with television." "Our advertisers enjoy exclusivity without any diversions from competing ads. the prize is a coupon for KFC’s new. "In today's fragmented media advertising arena. Source: PRNewswire -6- . AquaCell installs their unlimited-use water coolers free of charge for retailers so that they can offer their customers a refreshing shopping experience while simultaneously giving advertisers a unique way to reach their targeted audience. it's getting increasingly more difficult to reach out to the consumer in a relevant timeframe of their purchase intent cycle." said Michael Dougherty.gallon bottle and cup holder is a unique and effective way for advertisers to target consumers while they shop. Source: MSNBC Coolertising AquaCell Media. revealed a significant sales lift versus same stores without the AquaCell cooler advertising. President of AquaCell Media. sauce-drenched Buffalo Snacker chicken sandwich. The 99-cent Snacker debuted a year ago and is credited in KFC’s earnings rebound.. has tapped into the fast-growing out-of-home advertising segment with their patented self-filling water coolers used as in-store "billboards".at countering the rise of technology that enables television viewers to skip past commercials faster than ever before. "As proven by the 34% Dove sales lift. For those savvy enough to solve the secret. AquaCell's in-store advertising on our largest brand. Dove.S. "In a controlled test. a subsidiary of AquaCell Technologies." With approximately 1300 "billboard" water coolers currently in place.
Mixing the four girls in an advertising campaign was the ideal way to showcase all of Candie's product categories which are available nationwide exclusively at Kohl's Department Stores. was hobbled by a lack of understanding of wine combined with lame or confusing marketing and labeling by wine producers. actress. both domestic and international. megastar Hilary Duff. Grammy nominee Ciara.they're discovering another way appeal to the $10-wine buyer: Make fun of the $30-and-up buyers. Starting with two California wines. But as increasingly clever marketers find success with simple.. Brown-Forman (which markets wines such as Jekel. a Chardonnay and Shiraz. Iconix CEO Neil Cole stated: "Bringing together the hottest young stars of Hollywood in one ad campaign is an excellent way speak to young women. wine consumption in the U. Fetzer. Virgin Vines believes wine should be all about having fun and loving the taste. Ciara. compelling labels -think Yellow Tail and Marilyn Merlot -. and Bolla) recently jumped into this vat hand-in-hand with Virgin Atlantic Chief Richard Branson in launching Virgin Vines. This is the first time the brand has enlisted four stars to appear in an advertising campaign. Think about how Rush Limbaugh talks about liberals. Past Candie's spokespeople include Destiny's Child and Kelly Clarkson. and Samaire are all unique in their talent as well as their style. who may identify with one or more of the stars.S. Hilary.Megastar Campaign The spring television and print advertising campaign for Candie's will feature four celebrities: Singer. and you get the idea.not waxing poetically about meaningless wine-speak and food pairings.. Kohl's has embraced our brand and we are thrilled with the response to Candie's at Kohl's. Michelle. the partnership seeks to promote wine consumption by dissing those who take wine too seriously." Source: Yenra Amateur is Fine For decades." Source: BusinessWeek -7- . and actresses Michelle Trachtenberg and Samaire Armstrong. The label's pitch goes like this: "Dare to enjoy this wine without dashes of pretentiousness or hints of snootiness.
Typical of the trend was an ad for Vonage Holdings Corp. Displax® . in a remote and central way.Show allows you to present. will not be indifferent to it. which feature a fictional character named Ted Ferguson who performs daredevil stunts and rewards himself with beer. Displax® Interactive is the solution that allows people to interact with a projected multimedia application. And for a retailer I think it's perfect--the Circuit CIty example is a great showcase for what you can do in this new ad format. has lately been running Bud Light ads shot documentary-style. captures the customers attention. Anheuser-Busch Cos. You can browse the pages if you like. agencies embraced ads that used real people or looked like home videos. Reflecting the proliferation of reality television. holographic display. just pressing the display with a finger. It has a great impact! Displax® . Source: Displax. in an innovative way. witch allows its placement in window stores of banks or telecommunications store. the Internet phone service provider. whoever passes by. the products in a display. with high definition. visible at daylight.Interactive window will be released in three versions.com Page-turn Ads CNET has recently launched page-turn ad units. fell out of vogue this year on Madison Avenue.com For the Rest of Us Glitzy television advertising.. set in a window-store or inside the shop. which used a home movie of a skier leaping off a roof onto a pickup truck. long the mainstay of marketing.The Displax Interactive Window Displax® projects itself in a transparent. or just ignore the ad. It's interactive without being in-your-face like interstitial ads or the ads that take over part of the page. Source: WSJ. A Toyota Motor Corp. with the certainty that. spot was filmed to look like a home movie shot by two slacker dudes partying in the desert when a meteor hits their Tacoma truck. In its place: frill-free commercials. Displax® . Source: TechRepublic Blog -8- .Network allows managing displays placed in any location of the world. bonds with the reality of the business of any kind of organization and has customized sizes.
in fact. Sound strange? You bet it is and. -9- . except you pay per phone call. its products and services. Alex Tew. with a telephone number underneath." Similarly. and business hours to call. because more small businesses are prepared to deal with a phone call. Alex Tew is selling virtual real estate via the internet.Million Dollar Home Page These days. When you click on the listing. Each purchase of 100 pixels are sold in 10x10 blocks. a 21 year old college student. he's already half way to his goal. As with any advertising." and "Cincinnati auto repair. for a fee of $1. but it is a cool concept. which will earn Tew the title of millionaire. The image above shows a pay-per-call ad from a search I just ran a few minutes ago for "Cleveland web designer. Source: News Blaze Pay Per Call Advertising Pay-per-call is an advertising service that connects online searchers with your business by phone. a telephone number. and obviously provides an interesting alternative to buying or leasing a regular car. it takes you instead to a second page with information about the business. including the Mini One and the Citroen C4.MillionDollarHomepage." "Columbus home builder. The lease also includes insurance and service costs. The Million Dollar Homepage is located at http://www. it is still up to you to convert the lead into a sale. Source: Small Business Trends Carvertising 2.00 per pixel with a 100 pixel minimum. also known as a website. and Internet surfers who respond to the ad call you on the phone. leave it to entrepreneurs and marketers from around the world to add some really interesting twists. In Austria. No. it's not a house or land. than with an Internet lead. The concept is surprisingly simple. it's just strange enough to work. It seems like an excellent solution for small businesses. rather than taking you to a website." "Toledo florist. The goal is to sell one million pixels. After posting his website in August 2005." You see a listing on the search page. turning a new corner in Carvertising. is on the way to being a millionaire and it's all thanks to the world wide web and the sale of his virtual real estate. rather than per clickthrough. CoolCar offers long term (12-48 months) rental cars decked out in ads.com. The Million Dollar Homepage offers a spot of advertising on it's virtual real estate. You pay for the ads similarly to pay-per-click advertising. I found listings for "Akron mortgage. one college student in England is changing the world of real estate one pixel at a time. for only EUR 199 (USD 249/GBP 135) per month if drivers make enough miles. You place an Internet ad.0 We reported on nearly-free short term rental cars in Europe a long time ago.
Two London companies are behind the new ad approach -. Liberty Drive offers a similar long-term rental service. Offer and Power Words. paying these MINIPRENEURS up to EUR 100 per month if they turn their cars into driving billboards. transmitters are beaming out text messages to the phones of people walking by to ask them if they would like to watch a video-clip ad on their phone's screen. Nike. Each of these cards can be combined to create powerful marketing ideas. Source: [Springwise] Bluetooth Advertising Passengers waiting to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight at London Heathrow airport may get an unexpected invitation on their cellphone these days. Source: [WSJ. Greenlight said the service could open up the search market to thousands of businesses which operate without a website. the Range Rover Sport. a small firm specializing in the transmitter technology..10 - . But they also have a program that rewards existing Smart car owners for participating in carvertising campaigns. Evian. Samsung. in much the same way pay-per-click advertising only charges for visitors sent to a website. Pay-per-call is billed as an alternative to traditional pay-per-click search advertising. touts a new SUV. Liberty Drive is looking for franchisees in French cities with over 100. .Media. and Filter UK Ltd. Tele2. Source: [NetImperative] Get Your Adpack! Perth-based advertising agency Breakthrough has released an original and innovative ideas generation tool specifically focussed on advertising.000 inhabitants. aimed at passengers in Virgin's first-class lounge. Schwarzkopf. offering Smart cars for EUR 150 per month. Under a new advertising program. The commercial. The card-based system is designed to assist in concept generation and media selection and is one of the cleverest concepts we've seen to help with brainstorming communications strategies. which has handled billboard advertising for 80 years in the United Kingdom. Adpack is a card-based tool made up of trigger or strategy cards which contain proven techniques that are current and relevant in today's business divided into three sections . Clients have included Coca Cola Light.Maiden Group PLC.com] Pay-per-Call Search marketing agency Greenlight has launched a Pay-Per-Call service aimed at UK advertisers. Gillette. Kookai. Always.In France. Club Med. The advertiser is only required to pay for the adverts that result in phone calls.
while also studying the search engines closely enough to determine a long-term strategy to compete with them. where the Internet companies have had limited success. which target creative to regional weather conditions. If it is wet. and yellow pages publishers like the BellSouth Corporation and SBC Communications have recently turned themselves into de facto agents for the search engines in the smallbusiness market. The first wave of creative.com's range of services and is based on the "great British summer". may appear to be cutting their own throats by passing those customers onto the search engines. Yell.com is launching a suite of seasonal interactive ad campaigns. are now selling ads on their behalf. The ads suggest a suitable activity according to the city it is viewed from: a user logging on to www. Businesses like yellow pages publishers. and creative is further tailored to the site it is placed on: users of Property Finder will see an execution tailored to those searching for a house on a hot summer's day. The Raft.Adpack is also an educational and lateral thinking tool designed to catalyse the brainstorming process and is an ideal way of including the people who know the business best (the staff) in the process.com on a warm day in the capital will see a "sunny. like newspapers and yellow pages publishers.11 - . The campaign. and targets information sites including Trainline. which exist solely to serve the local advertiser that Google and Yahoo covet. involves home-page takeovers on Tiscali and Yahoo!. Source: [gizmag] Weather Targeting Yell. outdoor" execution. Newspapers like The Houston Chronicle. Expandable skyscraper ads predominantly targeting London's office workers will show maps of the UK displaying the weather in different regions. which is owned by the Hearst Corporation. with a real-time weather feed triggering different creative executions depending on local conditions. the ad might suggest visitors search its directory for bowling alleys. Source: [The New York Times] . It will be followed by a new push in autumn. London Eating and Streetmap.com is aiming at the 20-26 age group through ads on music and entertainment sites including Mean Fiddler. running until July. aims to promote Yell. Channel 4 and Big Brother. But the publishers argue that they are taking advantage of the chance to make additional money. Source: [Revolution Magazine] Adsense Middlemen The New York Times: Consider this somewhat strange development: search engines like Google and Yahoo have become so proficient at attracting advertising that even competitors. developed by agency AKQA with media planning from i-level.thisislondon.
12 - . president and chief operating officer at Aremco. Source: [CNet] It's Online Ads For Small Businesses "Heat-resistant coatings.HALLS Fruit Breezers lets you hear it all too! Tattooing advertisements on body parts is old news. for example.000-degree temperatures for use in hair dryers and halogen headlights. the company bids from 50 cents to $3 to be part of the list of "sponsored" links that appear above and to the right of the primary search engine results. said he started placing search ads more than a year ago and is spending a couple of thousand dollars a month on the promotion. but our order frequency is up 20% to 30%. and the outfield fence will probably be emblazoned with paid ads from real companies. with support from several major game publishers and mainstream advertisers such as Coca-Cola and Intel. Aremco only pays when a potential customer clicks on a link. of Valley Cottage. "I can't tell you that we get an extra million a year in business. New York start-up Massive is set to launch its in-game advertising network on Monday. they're golden." "high-temperature adhesives" and "machinable ceramics" aren't even in the same league as "Britney Spears" when it comes to popular Web searches. After several months of beta testing. chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles-based company. thanks to a new service that inserts dynamic ads into video games. listen up . but the newest wave in creative branding is loud and difficult to miss…at least if you live in New York City with Floyd .. with developers of sports games in particular financing much of their work through product placement fees. That's because the customers for Aremco's high-temperature coatings and adhesives are typing those words into search engines such as Yahoo! and Google. N. But for Aremco Products Inc. for example.Y.Dynamic In-Game Advertising Be prepared for such moments to become a regular occurrence. said Nicholas Longano. Massive will take advertising to another level by serving up dynamic ads. Shag a deep fly ball in the latest baseball game. Pass a virtual billboard in the latest "Splinter Cell" counterterrorism game. To make sure Aremco's Web site comes up when they do. and it could be hawking soft drinks one day and the latest Vin Diesel movie the next. In-game advertising has become a growing source of revenue for publishers over the past few years." Schwartz said. Source: [USAToday] Voicevertising Just when you think you've seen it all in the world of marketing. Peter Schwartz. The online ads are taking the place of advertising in an annual industrial directory and dozens of monthly trade magazines for engineers eager to buy adhesives and coatings that can withstand 3.
subways.no matter what location or situation. hoarse.) It's a contemporary spin on the traditional town crier. NY resident.13 - . i.e. bars. which Hayes is likely to experience on this mission. clubs. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. this is not about buxom bikini-clad women riding Clydesdales or SpongeBob holding a longneck. HALLS Fruit Breezers purchased Hayes' voice on eBay. weddings or even business meetings. put his "voicevertising" services up for sale on eBay. which already is reviewing the Milwaukee brewer's campaign for fairness and truthfulness.. in a unique advertising deal that may leave you…well. elevators.S. A-B charged that the tests were improperly conducted and the ads may leave consumers to think Miller beers were preferred over the AB's brands. a throat drop that cools and soothes dry. offering to shout out a brand name every fifteen minutes for an entire week -. scratchy throats. more taste" claims to the U. Va. Floyd Hayes. Source: [PRNewswire] Tasteless Beer Advertising No. or has "more taste. Richmond. Miller points to blind taste "perception" tests of 400. and what brand could be more fitting to purchase the services than HALLS Fruit Breezers. (Don't worry…he will be allowed to sleep. Source: [Businessweek Online] . It's about this ad war between Miller and Anheuser-Busch about whether Lite or Bud Light tastes better.Hayes. pitting A-B versus Miller products." The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus says it is now referring Anheuser-Busch's challenge of Miller Brewing's "More flavor.000 consumers conducted by the Institute for Perception. a Brooklyn.
it’s definitely a step in the right direction. owners spend around $180 dollars/year to run their cars with a clean. ask the dumper further questions or make an offer to obtain the item.14 - . Source: [TrendCentral] Organic Levi's For the first time since it started making trousers for cowboys more than 100 years ago.Useful Garbage Reader Mark Nagurski alerted us to the Ebay of dumped and useless items. this dealership’s LSVs (low speed vehicles) offer Austin area residents a new alternative to gas-fueled travel. When ‘Dumping’. simply post your photos or a video together with a description of the item.com Electric Cars While they might resemble luxe golf carts. While this is clearly not an option for many.anything goes for FREE! Connect with Dumpers and Finders of useful items by logging into MY Account or Registering. there are no metal rivets. with a one charge per day frequency. renewable energy source. just post your description. the dye is from natural compounds include indigo and the label is from recycled cardboard. we all contribute to minimising landfill disposals. the button on the waistband is made of coconut shell. At 50 cents per charge (power for approximately 40 miles). If you cannot do either. street and neighbourhood waste and the item is in the possession of someone who can make the most of it and use it again and again and again!" Source: UsefulGarbage. particularly those who spend hours a day in their cars driving over 35 mph (many LSVs can only be driven on roads with a 35MPH sign posted). TV’s and furniture . The cotton is organic.for someone else to ‘find’ and take off their hands. From antiques and art to cars. the famous clothing company is bringing out a pair of "sustainable" jeans to satisfy environmentalists. Useful Garbage. In turn. . From the website: "Recycle your unwanted clutter or anything you deem as being uselessexcluding your Partner! Visitors can ‘Dump’ anything they want to get rid of . When you ‘Find’ an item.
TerraPass pools its members' fees and invests them in clean energy production. Supporters say the process is cleaner than traditional trash incineration. U.S. According to reports the first pairs in the US will sell for 250 dollars each. But the tags." which cost up to $80 a year and which are designed to offset the emissions a car spews into the air during that period. Source: [BusinessWeek] . both longtime oil-industry veterans. is expected to vaporize 3. the Atlanta-based company building and paying for the plant. It will be the first such plant in the nation operating on such a massive scale and the largest in the world. combustible gas produced in the process will be used to run turbines to create electricity -.that will be sold back to the grid. Yet when Hughes heard last year about an environmental startup called TerraPass Inc. The 100.about 120 megawatts a day -.all by vaporizing garbage at temperatures hotter than parts of the sun. Lucie County will use lightning-like plasma arcs to turn trash into gas and rock-like material. The $425 million facility expected to be built in St. Hughes checked out the service online last August and then forked over $129 for two TerraPass windshield decals. aren't simply a marketing vehicle. clean-energy fanatic. a zippy Volkswagen Passat. including wind power.will be gone in 18 years. and other materials will come from Europe too. which are now America's fastest-growing alternative-energy product.15 - . Hughes and his wife.4.As the factory is in Hungary. Hers. which are linked with global warming. His. in part because they wish to cater to this growing.S. a Nissan Xterra SUV. the nearest available source.000 tons of garbage a day. around £140 here. generate electricity and help build roads -.S. he was intrigued. the cotton will come from Turkey. according to Geoplasma. zoom around Houston in no-compromise vehicles. Source: [Daily Mail] Burning Garbage A Florida county has grand plans to ditch its dump. free from outside electricity. The Menlo Park (Calif. After taking a small cut of each sale. County officials estimate their entire landfill -. U. green constituency. Source: [Wired] Green Pass Martin Hughes is not your typical hybrid-driving.. No byproduct will go unused. The facility will operate on about a third of the power it generates. companies are also adopting the certificates.) company sells "green tags. businesses have watched Europe and Japan adopt tough regulations on carbon emissions and say the tags could help them prepare for similar developments in the U.3 million tons of trash collected since 1978 -. though skeptics question whether the technology can meet the lofty expectations. Synthetic. Not that it will stop the trendy trousers from having a hefty price tag.000-square-foot plant. at least to start off with. to cut down on long distant transport and associated fuel costs. TerraPass is channeling the good intentions of individual consumers concerned about carbon emissions. slated to be operational in two years.
His company has earned a fortune manufacturing solar heaters.Cheap and effective enough to make economic sense to middle-class urbanites. At least 30 million Chinese households now have one and last year the country accounted for around 80 percent of the world market. with a share of around 14 percent. and it's projected that the turbines will save households up to GBP 100 on their annual electricity bills. Engineers from British Gas will supply and install all equipment for GBP 1. Now. said Eric Martinot. known mainly as the place where a Filipino king died. With technology so efficient they can work at temperatures well below freezing and under cloudy or smog-choked skies. although for a luxury home this could rise to 18.500. The turbine is quiet. Windsave is now partnering with British Gas to market and install roof-top turbines.Windsave Saves You Money Continuing concerns about climate change and skyrocketing energy prices are fuelling interest in alternative sources of energy. fridge/freezer and several lights. trials will be carried out in Scotland and South-West England later this year.75 m in diameter) that connects to a building's standard mains supply. And the mayor is using his heating success as the basis for a bid to follow British University town Oxford and Australia's Adelaide as host of an international solar congress. Source: [Reuters] . One of consumers’ major complaints though is the lack of making a real impact: separating bottles and papers only goes so far." Huang says his Dezhou-based firm. Huang's basic models start at around 1. with noise levels comparable to the sound of a person talking at normal volume. he says. relatively low-tech rooftop devices which capture the sun's energy to provide water for baths and washing and are at the forefront of a renewable energy drive. computer. Sensing a real opportunity. Source: [TRENDWATCHING. visiting scholar at Beijing's Tsinghua University. they soon pay for themselves.16 - .500 yuan ($190). Huang Ming hopes hot water will help put it on the map.250). "We are at 15 to 20 percent annual growth and I don't see that slowing down. With government-funded rebates and subsidies.COM] 30 Million Solar Water Heaters Dusty Dezhou was relegated to the footnotes of Chinese history for centuries. a three-bladed fan (1. DVD player. It produces approximately 1kw of electricity. enough to run a TV. is the largest in a fragmented and almost entirely Chinese market. China Himin Solar Energy Group.000 yuan ($2. consumers could earn back their initial investment in less than 6 years. British/Scottish Windsave launched the Windsave 1000 system.
and know exactly what you put into it.17 - .packaging. Garden in a Bag. and recognizes them as one of the more admirable companies out there by just about any measure related to the integrated bottom line. makes the process a bit smoother by including all the necessary elements to grow various herbs and even some vegetables. A little start up called Matisse & Jack's seems to have an solution for those people seeking a better packaging solution for their energy bars: They sell the mix to bake them yourself at home. Source: [Cool Hunting] Alpaca Farming Urban escapists looking for the perfect artisanal farm like the idea of raising animals for fun and profits that don’t involve slaughter. In order to keep Clif Bars fresh. but you can tailor the recipe to your taste. Source: [Triple Pundit] Clean Gardening About this time of year green thumb urbanites are struggling to find corners of land. Italian Parsley. Oregano. Source: [we make money not art] DIY Energy Bars Everyone loves Clif Bar. The engine was driven by the muscle power of an albino Buffalo. to grow a few little herbs or vegetables. built in Chiang Maï in Thaïland. the packaging has to be made out of material that is generally not recyclable nor compostable. The buffalo worked a few hours a day to lift a steel counterweight. Small . available at Wishing Fish. Lavender. that would generate its own electricity and thus be "unplugged" from the power grid. They’re cute as heck and they can fetch big bucks: One alpaca stud recently sold for over half a million dollars. Once freed the buffalo would lounge around the rice field and the mechanical energy stored was turned into electrical energy to power ten light bulbs. Not only is it better from a sustainability concept. have a bunch of fun. Alpine Strawberry or MiniTomato. mobile phones. or more realistically window sill space. For $8 per bag you can get organic Basil. Chives. But there's one problem that Clif bar has never been able to solve . laptops.Muscle Energy Hybrid Muscle was both a work and exhibition space.
Handweavers and knitters pay several dollars an ounce for raw alpaca fiber. Source: [Wired] . It's a 2. To build the hybrids. more knotted-up city dwellers and retirees are joining the padded-foot stampede. believes the hybrid locomotive is an ideal way to reduce fuel costs and air pollution in switching yards. make way for the Green Goat. said Simon Clarke.enough to pull 88 rail cars.000 horsepower -." Goat is railroad lingo for the smaller locomotives used for moving rail cars around over short distances. RailPower says the Green Goat uses 40 percent to 60 percent less fuel and emits 80 percent to 90 percent fewer pollutants than conventional train engines. RailPower Technologies. To meet rising demand.188 members.05). trucks and buses have already hit the road. up from 626 in 1994. who love raising the gentle South American creatures and selling their soft. executive vice president of the Canadian company. The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association now boasts 4.000-pound "goat. luxuriant fleece. fuel tank. the company strips older locomotives of their engine and cab but keeps the same frame. with many of them clustered in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle Times 4.wonder alpaca farming is catching on with rurbanites. The Green Goat is a diesel-electric hybrid in which the normal massive diesel locomotive engine is replaced by a 290-horsepower inline 6-cylinder diesel truck engine and a 600-volt battery bank. brakes and electric traction motors. developer of the Green Goat. which is rated at 2.18 - . Then it slaps in the long-life lead-acid battery bank. Now. The batteries supply the power needed to drive the electric traction motors on the wheels of this 280. Source: [Iconoculture] The Green Goat Hybrid cars. RailPower Technologies says the added weight of the batteries actually helps improve the Green Goat's pulling power. the world's biggest hybrid. which is fine enough for wedding gowns and sturdy enough for rugs.6.000-horsepower locomotive that radically reduces fuel consumption and emissions of pollutants.
whimsical and delicious? Art has never been more enticing. While the visceral appeal of art is always high. Source: [Trendsetters] . Playful. which attracted an eclectic mix of collectors. but Staite's Food Is Art catalog also includes one-offs like plates.Chocolate Rooms The deliciously interactive rooms have graced some of England's most elaborate society parties. artists and glitterati from all over the world to the already sizzling surroundings of South Beach. Consumers gravitate toward experiences that challenge and stimulate all their senses. The hot art market is behind the art hotel phenomenon. but let's face it – chocolate rooms are more about indulgence. And leave it to the Swiss to bring an event to the land of eternal plastic that exemplifies America’s chief economical driving force: shopping. it has reached even greater heights now that luxury is back in vogue.19 - . tea cups. Food Is Art claims to provoke deep thoughts about our relationship with food. shot glasses and jewelry. What other “mall” lets you buy a Picasso for $13 million? Or has a fleet of BMWs ready to wisk its big-spending clientele to their next high-profile appointment? It’s perhaps even more noteworthy that Miami has moved to the forefront of art and entertainment. Source: [Iconoculture] Art If you need more evidence that art is hot. Here San Francisco artist Tim Gaskin shows off his Hotel Des Arts room. which doesn't come cheaply in this case. In March. you need look no further than last week’s Art Basel Miami Beach show. the Winter Music Conference will occupy the center stage of heat.
A cute trick for a dead alternator is to hook up the jump kit. I tend to keep mine in my car. so it's quick & easy to help anyone who needs a jump. furniture and fasion in the different rooms and spaces." It's a briefcasesized. lay it inside the engine well. no stretching jumper cables between cars. One of my mechanics has a J&C with a case that melted from doing this trick. The Jump-N-Carry is a much easier way to jump a car. Volvo showcased its Multi-Fuel. natural gas and Hythane (a trademarked hydrogen-methane blend). ranging from large-scale soundscapes to spoken pieces in response to a single art object.. a custom-made MP3 player and a map that leads them through the series of sound installations. is unique in that the V&A museum has invited 10 different musicians and artists to provide sound-pieces to accompany the collection of sculpture. and David Byrne. Sounds in Spaces'. Five-fuel flexibility is intended to make it easier for consumers to fuel up on locally produced/available energy sources.Music in the Museum London's Victoria and Albert Museum has a new exhibition that completely transforms the entire process of visiting a gallery with its innovative sound installations. Source: [Cool Tools] Various Fuels on Car But will it run on empty? In June 2006. Gasoline may have new competition. The exhibition. a vehicle prototype capable of running on gasoline. Now that's 'modern' art. The contributors vary from big names like Gillian Wearing and Jeremy Deller. close the hood as well as you can. isn't it? Source: [BBC Feature] Car Broke Down? Mechanics here in Boston call this a "jump kit. Consumers who want to embrace alternative fuels appreciate vehicles that run on whatever's at hand. methane. Your journey begins in the museum's Contemporary Space. and drive to the shop. but it's not dead yet. where visitors collect headphones. 12V battery with built-in 12v/120v charger. and with built-in jumper cables attached. ethanol. Source: [Iconoculture] . 20lb. The Multi-Fuel earned a gold medal in the emissions category and a silver in the carbon dioxide emissions contest.. to musicians like Roots Manuva. 'Shhh. no jockeying the live car to kiss bumpers.20 - . Infra-red sensors throughout the museum trigger the in-ear soundtracks which vary dramatically from space to space. but it still works fine.
and the number to text to is 2020. the driver opens the extra large back hatch and rolls inside while remaining seated in his wheelchair. it turns out that people also use CarSpotter for fun.920 / GBP 6. Although the service was meant to improve price transparency and the balance of information between dealers and buyers. Made to hold one passenger in a manual wheelchair.000 (EUR 10. Kenguru is small. the Kenguru is a small vehicle that drivers can roll into without leaving their wheelchairs.980). Besides year. making them best suited to relatively short commutes.21 - . and reach speeds of 35-40 km/hour. Source: [Springwise] The Kenguru Made in Hungary.790. To get in. CarSpotter valuations are priced at EUR 1. Designed by Zsolt Varga. stylish and cheerful vehicle whose contours are similar to those of a Smart car. CarSpotter sends users details on a vehicle's maximum speed. CarSpotter also works for motorcycles.Car Worth By SMS Dutch CarSpotter also offers consumers price information by sms to guide them through sales and negotiating. But the resemblance stops there. A joystick instead of a steering wheel means that drivers with limited arm mobility can comfortably control the vehicle. have a range of 40-60 km. Source: [Springwise] . texting their employer or neighbour's license plate to find out how much their car is worth. which automatically locks into place inside the car. (Source: Index. Listed price is HUF 2. horsepower and acceleration. make and price.) Kengurus are electrically powered.50.250 / USD 12. the Kenguru doesn't have doors or seats.
Fine Times. Car washes are also automating payment and finding ways for drivers to load their cars onto the conveyer belts or into the wash without humans helping.The New Car Wash The battle is on to primp your ride.com] Jiffy-tite Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings Those of you who actually take your truck down to the tracks on the weekend will certainly appreciate Jiffy-tite® Quick-Connect fluid fittings. Some are promising shorter cleaning times and opening plush waiting rooms with Wi-Fi service. in whose Fine-X you can discover that "Ecology and Emotion meet in a fun-to-drive time in which you can enjoy the joy of steering freely at will". including Home Depot. many gas stations.. Facing growing competition from the likes of Home Depot Inc. it hopes to open another location in Atlanta later this year and more down the road. Many Years From Now Fine. and they look really cool too. because the jet lag has worn off and I'm at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Source: [StartupJournal. Designed by racers for racers. Costco Wholesale Corp. high flow valve technology in the plug and socket assembly automatically interrupts the flow of fluid when disconnected to protect against hazardous gas leaks or potential hot oil spills. Nine Sam's Club locations now have car washes. car washes around the country are launching new services aimed at grabbing customers' interest. indeed. area. have dispensed with the conveyer belt. But technological shifts that have cut labor costs are making the car-wash business more profitable and attracting a number of new and formidable entrants. Specifically. At the end of April. "Fine Technology.. Others are pitching Netflix-style discount plans in which customers pay monthly for unlimited washes. Tenn. they clean the car in a garage-like bay that consultants say is cheaper to install and operate. they are available for most fluid applications: fuel. car washes at its stores. I'm feeling absolutely fine. you can enjoy steering the Fine-X nose-first into a parking space then sliding the rear end in to complete the manoeuvre. Fine words.22 - . The technological changes include more-powerful drying systems (100-plus horsepower. And there's more fine-ness at Toyota. Meanwhile. Offering the best of safety and performance. The changes are striking in a conservative business long dominated by mom-and-pops and small chains. compared with 30 horsepower previously) that have cut out the need for human dryers at the end. using equipment that adjusts to accommodate vehicles of different sizes. anticipates opening more. owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. each fitting is tested and proven to have a 100% leak proof seal. Home Depot opened convenience stores with gas stations and car washes earlier this year at two stores in the Nashville. Their lightweight. too. Some companies. and Sam's Club. even at 200 psi. thanks to four independently steering wheels able to turn . Some are even washing the family dog. Wal-Mart already has five Murphy Oil Corp. convenience-store and gas chains like QuikTrip Corp. Honda is feeling fine. oil and water. Feel FINE!" is its motor show motto. and the company. Source: [Truck Blog] Cars. opened a test car wash at a Seattle store. and even car dealerships have expanded their car-wash operations.
The W. rollout flooring and has wide sliding doors to keep dogs happy. Source: [Popgadget] . CO2-neutral interior features both technologies. the Fine-X with its vast gullwing doors and vegetablematter.O.W. As you might expect.W comes with removable. Concept." features a special crate for dogs in the glove apartment to allow owners to interact with their pets on the road. there's a special seat belt attached to the floor. It's a parkophobic's dream. For bigger dogs. whose "vertical flow" cells are so compact they can fit into the structure's backbone. able also to do an about-face in its own length by steering each wheel through 45 degrees and making the rear wheels rotate in the opposite direction from the front ones. low. You can also feed the FCX the hydrogen it needs from Honda's Home Energy Station. sleek FCX concept. in a show strong on hybrids and cars powered by electric fuel cells.O. A bigger crate pops up from the floor in the back seat area and can be folded back into the floor when it's not needed. but it turned out to be a gentler vehicle for the elderly. which stands for "wonderful openhearted wagon. washable. "We created this vehicle from the point of view of a dog. which converts natural gas into hydrogen and minimal carbon dioxide." said Honda designer Katsuhito Nakamura. children and other family members.23 - . And back at Honda we find fuel-cell technology pushed ever further with the long. Source: [The Independent] Pet Friendly Vehicle The W.sideways.
principal of David Howell Design. Fluevog hasn't just been presenting ideas about shoes and style to customers. He calls it all "open source footwear. He posts the submissions on his company's Web site." Mr. Mr. invites visitors to vote for their favorites and manufactures and sells the most promising designs." To date. There are a couple of interesting recent examples: Marketing services companies are notoriously bad at marketing themselves and most of the big companies house their employees in cubicle ridden offices that look like insurance companies. eighth-floor offices. though. This program is a natural outgrowth of that desire for connection.24 - . people would hand me a drawing of their personal design for a shoe or ask if I had considered an idea they liked. Source: [Influx Insights] Linking with Consumers Over the last few years. high-heeled dress shoes. but not the strangely named Fahrenheit 212 ( A unit of Saatchi). whose workspace has become the brand." "Customers want to express themselves.Workspace Brands Companies are increasingly coming to terms with the idea that the workspace. "For so long. The Fahrenheit 212 logo and the bold signature palette of white. executed by David Howell. to be involved with the brand. he has also been soliciting ideas from them — encouraging brand enthusiasts to submit their own sketches for leather boots. is an under-utilized brand asset. even sneakers with flair.030-square-foot. the company has chosen nearly 300 finalists from the flow of sketches into Vancouver — and introduced 10 shoes based on customer designs. Source: [NY times] Sapphire Inspired . Fluevog said in an interview at the John Fluevog Shoes boutique on Newbury Street in Boston. gray and an orange as bright as goldfish are ubiquitous in the 5.
Source: [fibre2fashion.the world of Christmas trees is being flipped upside-down. began carrying the "umbrella" and "mushroom" trees this year due to their bizarre appearance and ability to intrigue customers. Military in Alaska and Afghanistan under extreme weather conditions. Surface Magazine and Bombay Sapphire launched the week long “Sapphire Inspired” pop-up store at the Bathhouse Studios in New York. the world’s largest young entrepreneur contest in the sports equipment industry. VO gloves also received the Riri Sportswear Accessories Award of the 2006 ISPO BrandNew competition. Here’s a long list of spottings over the last 6 months or so (ammunition!). just copy and paste into your brand presentation you'll give to your boss or. announces the launch of 15 new VO glove and mitten designs with the hands-free access." . many of them of the fast-fashion type. College Gardens Christmas Shoppe.000 people visited the store. eager to surprise either random passers-by or those select few who were in the know.S.25 - . The latest trend in artificial Christmas trees seems to be the "inverted" style. stunning wallpaper from fashion designer Jonathan Saunders and lounge furniture created by Luisa Ruge. On sale were limited edition items like a Sapphire inspired martini glass entitled "Broken Martini" by emerging designer Dror Benshetrit. Local Christmas vendors are clamoring for the inverted evergreens. an Ice Chandelier by designer Eva Menz. 2481 Commercial Blvd. The product designs were tested by the U. if you yourself are the boss. makers of the CZiP design that frees winter athletes from the inconvenience of taking gloves off at inopportune times.com] Inverted Christmas Trees Hang a shining star upon the lowest bough -. marketing and counsel on VO glove research and development." owner Steve DuBois said. More than 1.So let's start with a slew of what can now be considered ‘traditional’ pop-up BRAND SPACES. in which the tree is either hung from the ceiling or supported by a weighted base on the floor. Source: [Trendwatching] VO Gloves Vaughn Outdoor (VO). VO teamed up with Wendall Tremblay of WTC Consultants for sales. "They're very unusual and most people have never seen anything like them. to your team: Sapphire Inspired | Last November. "People like the way the ornaments hang and the fact that more presents can be fit under the tree. To advance the line for the ’07 season..
" he said. DuBois said. dresses and overalls are designed with inserts that quickly add or remove extra length from hip to hem. Ziprips are anything but basic. Each article comes with a larger insert that keeps Ziprips a perfect fit for up to three sizes. convenience and customization come with a price. but Mom's only recourse against growth upspurts and dryer-induced shrinkage used to be cuffs or cut-offs. skirts." the embarrassment of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" and House of Pain's "Jump Around. Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (pictured left. actually) with kids 1 to 6. But like most products. Source: [Iconoculture] Rapping Paper Though not quite in production yet. Fashion-forward Eurasian designs appeal to hip mamas who already buy unique boutique brands. "Everybody loves them and are curious about them. Pants." all in different two-hue colorways." Source: [The Daily Collegian Online] Growing Clothes For Growing Kids Adjustable-waist pants solve fit issues width-wise. Source: [Cool Hunting] . the cost may offset any inherent practicality. The pun of the gift wrap itself is as funny as it is to read the familiar words in print. The adjust-for-growth concept has proven popular with toys and furniture . NWA's classic "Straight Outta Compton. Si Hill Design has been getting a lot of praise for his clever (w)rapping paper that features the instantly recognizable lyrics to popular rap songs. Ziprips represent yet another practical solution from mompreneurs. To strictly price-driven parents. click for detail).26 - . upside-down trees are a hard sale. The UK-based designer's prototypes include the old school. Ziprips are a line of stylish adjustable separates that grow up (down. "but you don't sell a lot. Mix and matchable.Although the shock factor of the holiday trend is attractive.
Motorola's robot retail stores are to be placed in high-traffic areas. not shop. sold at nurseries and green-minded retailers such as Whole Foods. When it comes to telecom needs. The products were developed by Sweetwater Nurseries in cooperation with an Asian manufacturing partner. they'll last five years and are freeze and thaw resistant. No-lag. the pots have a smooth finish and come in a variety of shapes and natural colours.27 - . in both decorative and grower lines. Motorola's hoping their anytime convenience will draw travelers and other off-hours shoppers. EcoForm is currently only available on the West Coast of the United States. salespeople just get in the way. decomposition will take place. Motorola is rolling out Instantmoto vending machines that will sell cellphones and other celly stuff at malls and airports across the country. 24-7 access is key for consumers who want to buy.Pots EcoForm pots are made from by-products of renewable and sustainable crops.Eco. Under average use and conditions. namely grain husks and natural binding agents. For consumers who know what they want. Source:[Iconoculture] . Finding cellphone chargers and replacing must-have celly accessories on the road? Brutal. opt for robotic arms. travelers crave access and convenience – not mad scrambles to closed electronics stores. Combining sustainability with eco-chic. Like Staples' vending machine effort. Source: [Springwise] Motorola Vending Machine Forget pushy sales clerks or waiting for online orders. Instead. Once discarded into a landfill.
Source: [Brand Noise] Happy Birthday Beans Greeting cards are so passé. Singing telegrams work only in the movies. Love. market and distribute Tide Liquid Detergent Travel Sink Packets. adds water to the soil. Housed in an adorable aluminum can. four-leaf clover. E-cards? Totally tacky. has been granted an exclusive license from P&G to produce.28 - . or music note). The new product offers consumers their favorite laundry detergent in single-use "sink" packets. This is the latest in a growing number of external business agreements struck by Cincinnati-based P&G. The deals are designed to combine P&G's trademarks. or Happy Birthday) and a complementary image (the Japanese character for thanks. The recipient simply peels off the foil top. The style-setting Japanese have done it again. each already planted bean is laser-printed with a message (Thank You. creating the perfect vehicle for all your well wishes: the message bean. technology and/or know-how with strong outside companies to drive innovation and deliver mutually positive business results. and skywriting is bad for the environment. a heart. Source: [DailyCandy] . and voilà! A week later the bean sprouts and the message is revealed. making laundering a few items by hand simple and convenient when traveling. How in the world are you supposed to get your message across? Well. we’re spilling the beans.Laundry Packs Cotton Buds Inc. Good Luck.
and an interior sleeve. The company that makes this. LP. for Gals Going for office sophisticate? Look the part in a sensible pantsuit and pumps. Source: [DailyCandy] Kids Soap A new product called. cheery. claims it's also a toy. Squidsoap. The Bank's screen shows you the life of a stick man who starts out as a poor pleb in a cupboard-sized apartment and develops into a rich bastard lounging under a chandelier on the 500 yen coins you feed him. But they’re so bright. Custom made of vinyl. When you push down on SquidSoap's dispenser.000 savings target. But lose the fake glasses and bun. and whimsical that you’ll feel like you’re carrying Sweet Valley High and magic markers instead of the McClarin file and your overdue bills.) If you really want to work it like Career Woman Barbie. You're supposed to keep washing your hands until you remove all the black ink. Then you open up the box and find he actually has spent all your money on 8-bit hos and lo-rez champagne. with a half-inch of safety padding. two external pockets. You can stick with the conservative black-on-beige (investment banker) or the splashier red-on-yellow combo (freelancer/unemployed). out of Wichita Falls. It takes about 15 to 20 seconds to get everything off. TX. The cases have small hearts on the front and come in a mishmash of pick-it-yourself colors. Like Plastic People’s laptop cases.29 - . because the . "SquidSoap" is designed to teach kids good habits in washing their hands thoroughly. the riff on the coin bank that the 21st century has been waiting for. you’ll need plastic accessories.Life Bank TakaraTomy have come up with another great. they look plastic (hence the name). (That’s more porn librarian. it shoots a small amount of black ink with the soap. They’re functional. Source: [dottocomu] Plastic Cool. all the while counting you down to your up-to-Y100. wacky product in the Life Bank (Jinsei Ginkou).
Source: [DailyCandy] Wrist Bottle A company called HydroSport is marketing a new water bottle that fits on your wrist. You avoid the sun. cleaning products. the unique bottle weighs one-half pound. the genius product counts down to expiration. The company claims its also helps keep your body temperature cool. And it shows. providing kids with hours of fun. so he decided to come up with a new type of bag that would discour-age them by both scent and color. He predicts 2006 sales will be between $1 million and $2 million. He was tired of having pests and animals snooping around his garbage bags. stick a Timestrip on it. kids having fun with handsoap. Your bathroom cabinet is heaving with all sorts of antiaging creams. You’re waging a war against time. Next time you open a jar. which sell for about $13 to $15 per box.30 - . So not only will you avoid finding a thick layer of furry mold inside the mayo jar. It’s a time warp inside there — 2month-old eggs alongside 2-year-old blueberry jam. He asked a chemist friend to help him create a scent offensive to animals and insects but pleasant to humans.orange-colored squid tentacles that adorn the bottle is stretchable." Feinberg says. but you’ll be able to spot the stinky culprit without using your nose. for a total of 11oz when you have one on each wrist. providing you with some additional exercise. or package. But when it comes to the contents of your fridge. The Timestrip also works on bottles of medicine. the owner of a health-care and beauty product distribution company. Feinberg is currently testing his Repellem Garbage Bags. began researching his product three years ago. Feinberg.5oz of water or sports drink.com] Tracking Time You don’t smoke. bottle. you’ve given up on the battle of the dates. and vitamins. each unit holds 5. Once it’s activated. "I can't [count] how many times I went outside and found my garbage ripped apart in the street. Source: [Strange New Product] Trash Without Pest Terry Feinberg was seeing red. Source [Entrepreneur. Imagine. in more than 100 Petco stores and is negotiating to have his product appear on QVC. Described as a "Wrist Water Bottle". . quietly keeping track of the ticking on your behalf. When fully loaded.
99 each. and even come in kids sizes. They are easy to stack and see through. Cost is $9. these shoes look more orthopedic than Orvis (although with the popularity of things like CROCS. Now. so you can always find what you're looking for.At $9. The company will even offer to put your logo on them. Visit parentsofinvention.com.99.31 - . Source: [Orlando Sentinel] Foot Technology Walkers are standing up and taking note of Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) trainers. but they promise to turn shuffling along into a core workout. the chunky-soled shoes create a rocking motion that improves posture and balance. Aesthetically. . there's an easy and practical way to store everything from building blocks to action figures. who are we to judge?). Based on the erect barefoot stride of Africa’s Masai tribe. There are three different colors in each package. Neat Nets by Parents of Invention are colorful. Source: [Strange New Products] Neat Nets Forget those plain-Jane plastic bags for storing your child's toys.orderly and visible.or most anything else -. they're available in a variety of colors. mesh bags for keeping toys -.
I realize that dirty. has recently completed a complete overhaul of their website and re-launched www. but these ARE machine washable. The subsidiary of Akemi Inc.like I said. cooling your neck and spinal area. thanks to the wide variety of Body Cooler® style and sizes available. through the safety and security of Yahoo. Each piece is activated by soaking it in cool water. or shoulders to protect you from the dangers of heat exhaustion. on your head. The special cooling polymers will soak up the cool water and expand to about 1” in thickness. Each Body Cooler® is designed to be worn on a specific part of the body and is made in sections so the polymer will stay in place.. no matter how often I try and reuse them. head. The popular vest that cools the entire upper body is only 2-3 pounds in weight and can comfortably keep the body cool for hours. Yeah.The MBT style range includes nursing clogs. But rocking out doesn’t come cheap: They cost $245 to $265 a pair.32 - . Source: [BabyGadget] . Source: [PRWeb] Diaper Bags Sure.com under the umbrella of Yahoo Small Business. I'm a sucker for packaging. online customers can purchase the specially designed polymer-based cooling product that rests on your neck. you can just use plastic ziplock bags to organize your stuff. spoiled baby clothes and messy foods are better off in a plastic ziplock. These attractive ziplock pouches are made from 100% cotton with mesh backing so you can see the contents at a glance. and Body Cooler® has a way to keep people cool and healthy in the heat. sandals. hiking boots and running shoes. Now.bodycooler. but I'm a sucker for nice packaging and feel a bit guilty every time I throw a ziplock away. or even over your entire torso. You may then place the creatively designed Body Cooler® securely around your neck. Source: [Iconoculture] Body Cooler® The hot summer months are fast approaching..
sanitary cleanup. and Robb Young. and once airborne. here it’s made easy with a simple touch of a button. knew would be a . which is common in the United Kingdom. The sleek design includes a built-in toilet paper holder and a removable soft deflector shield for training boys. 34.33 - . Source: [UrbanBaby Daily] Teddy Bear Cracker Step away from the limousine. If teddy bear throwing sounds like a lot of work to you.iPod Bag The Burton Solar Amp Pack is designed to compliment your iPod. research shows consumers are looking for gifts that are unique--not your run-ofthe-mill department-store gift cards. 37. Source: [Gizmodo] Gifts of Experiences In recent years. Just close the lid and presto – you've got a sturdy sink stool or mini-seat to sit on while the kids are in the bath. a shoulder strap headphone port. and it even has a side-entry compartment to store your laptop. this unique training potty manages to combine modern style and ergonomic features at an affordable price. was an idea that UK native Bishop. Source: [Chip Chick] Potty Bench Boon. Made by paintball gun manufacturer Sunamiya. Xperience Days lets customers give an opportunity of a lifetime as a gift. The Burton Solar Amp pack retails for $299. makers of the fun and practical Frog Pod. have just come out with their latest invention. It also has a molded iPod storage pocket. the party crackers will go on sale this month. The bright green Potty Bench has two enclosed side storage spaces for organizing training supplies. We would almost consider getting this if it was available in other colors besides "natural hemp." which looks like it will pick up plenty of natural dirt. and his co-founders. 29. Michelle Geib. and a pullout drawer for easy.000 for a private zero-gravity flight.95. Pull the trigger and the tiny plush bear is catapulted into the air. And like their first release. As one of the first companies to catch on to this trend.The average cost of the gift certificates is $275 to $300--prices range from $65 for a trapeze lesson to $110. or I’ll shoot you with this … teddy bear? The Teddy Bear Gun capitalizes on a cutesy trend in Japan where wedding guests throw teddy bears at wedding receptions instead of rice or bouquets. padded and ergonomic shoulder straps. The concept of giving experiences. It has an integrated Apple iPod control system with a SOFTswitch control pad on the shoulder strap. the Potty Bench. it’ll float safely back to earth thanks to its tiny parachute.
Moses' core product. "When my wife and I became parents. The company--which sells primarily through its website (www.com)--relies heavily on product design to attract and reel in customers. the cute luggage…and the not-so-cute laptop bag. "Plus. and pyramid-shaped tea bags that combine the taste of loose tea with the convenience of a disposable bag. Every UpTown Bella bag is well-thought out.34 - . Now savvy career women can tote their laptop. iPod. a maker of high-end diaper totes. Source: [Entrepreneur. there's an assumption that the kid is buying the products.adagio.hit in the States. and boarding pass with ease and style. They were right-since the company's launch." says Bishop. founder of Newtown. "People in the U." Source: [Entrepreneur] Give Ordinary Products a New Life A stapler that staples up to 60 pages with even the lightest touch of a pinkie finger. Pennsylvania. there's room for extraordinary design innovation. office products company Accentra Inc. but it's adults who have to carry the diaper bags--and the Granvilles had a hunch that something fashionable would be a hit. a diaper bag that's runway-ready--they all point to one trend: In even the most seemingly ordinary product categories. gadgets. cell phones. ID. with functional pockets and compartments to hold everything imaginable—from a BlackBerry to cosmetics. cartoon characters and fuzzy bunnies might ap-peal to youngsters. transparent.com] Stylish Laptop Bags It’s a common problem for stylish women on the go—they have the cute outfit. at least three competitors have entered the market. the PaperPro. packs the power of a staple gun into an otherwise traditional. they're very good gift-givers." In other words." says Todd Moses. sleek-looking line of staplers. But typically. They were right." says Steve. a transparent tea tin lid that keeps out damaging UV light. founder of Adagio Teas. "People having babies now are very different from what [new parents] used to be. who met his co-founders while attending business school in South Africa. . UV-blocking lids on tea tins to give customers a glimpse of the product prior to purchasing it. UpTown Bella ends this dilemma with a collection of laptop bags that combine fashion and functionality.S. nonelectric. co-founder of Fleurville. "I looked at the stapler market and [saw that] there hadn't been any functional changes in over 100 years. making his gourmet tea products stand out comes down to design details such as a bottom-dispensing teapot that simplifies preparation of loose teas. For Michael Cramer. we entered a parallel universe of really bad brands. generally have an adventurous streak and are willing to try things.
Source: [Construction & Maintenance] . the odd joys of the Pacifeeder. the Pacifeeder has its place: Think multiple baby mouths to feed and only two arms. Source: [Iconoculture] Dirt Drain Construction & Maintenance: One of life's constant struggles . and onto the ground below. is a business woman who saw the need when her and her style-conscious friends couldn’t find laptop bags that were practical for business yet agreed with their fashion sense. On-the-go pet owners who want to keep their furkids close and comforted like carry-along help. Gabby Chan. Fluffball wherever their adventures take them. the Dirt Drain can also be framed with standard lumber in a matter of minutes. one that allowed dirt and mud to drop through the industrial strength grid. Source: [Iconoculture] Pacifeeder Hands-free bottle feeding on the go? Ah. For owners who can't get enough face time with their furkids. Sure.may now be a thing of the past thanks to an innovative new floor mat system that keeps the dirt outside. Homebuilders are seizing on the opportunity to spec the Dirt Drain as a new 'smart home' feature. But seriously. 16" and 24". The cutout opening also provides side benefits such as additional air circulation under the decking and added lighting through basement windows. rugs and floors clean . there's no shame in overpampering or anthropomorphizing. especially in a stylish leopard print.UpTown Bella solves the travel problem of juggling your laptop. One blogger described the no-hands bottle that attaches to tots via a pacifier-like feeding tube as a beer hat for the diaper set. Contractor Thomas Foote has invented a flush mounted grate. In the everexpanding pets-as-people realm. the oddball gadget has a Simpsons-like quality about it.keeping carpets. or Ms. Every UpTown Bella bag must meet their strict criteria: it needs to look good. luxurious and multifunctional laptop bags for female executives who want it all. Or strolling with a feeding tot without having to continually stop to pick up a dropped bottle. The creator. boarding pass. it needs to make airport security a breeze.35 - . UpTown Bella is a collection of stylish. it brings critters a lot closer to their heart than a carrier or a handbag. to tote Mr. While most laptop bags sacrifice either style or functionality. and it needs to have practical features. cell phone. If customers don't need an even flush mounting. it needs to be multifunctional and designed for everyday use. The new device is designed to fit between standard joists of 12". Source: [UpTownBella] PetPocket A front pack for a furry baby? The PetPocket straps to a pet owner's shoulders just like a baby pack. and ID when going through airport check-in.
twenty) more minutes in bed. Fool-a-Fish works like this: spray the product (which contains titanium dioxide) on the lure and when it's cast into the water.36 - . The Fool-A-Fish liquid will stay on the lure for two hours." Jeckle contended. If your propensity to hit the snooze button is the only thing keeping you down. who combined his love of fishing with his love of chemistry to make the product. check out the Puzzle Alarm Clock. As researchers have discovered. A new product called Fool-a-Fish may make catching fish easier. Source:[DailyCandy] Fool-a-Fish The days of baiting hooks with squirmy worms to catch fish may be over. is nontoxic and odorless. The only way to bring back silence is to put everything back where it belongs. fish see a fourth color in the ultraviolent range. a physician in Spokane. "You catch three or four times more fish. this good-morning messenger not only starts the requisite racket.Puzzling Alarm Clock The New York Times Sunday crossword? Sudoku? Rubik’s cube? Pfft. Which may explain why you always need just five (okay. You can solve those suckers in your sleep. and the biggest fish. but it also shoots off four colorful puzzle pieces from its top. When it’s time to get up. it lights up like a disco ball luring fish from over a half a mile away. Source: [All Headline News] . which shows up as a white glow and is invisible to the human eye. The product was invented by Milan Jeckle.
music still has an important aspect of the site. Mog says it helps you create pages that are an "extension of your musical soul". Users blog about music and connect to others who share similar tastes and interests. Source: [TrendCentral] Nike+iPod . we know that hip Londoners are going to New Wave Tattoo in Muswell Hill. but years later. Using a super fine needle. Source: [Influx Insights] The Nail Tattoo For London women tired of manicures every week or expensive and time consuming nail regimens. The smart thing about Mog is that it recognizes that the best way to recommend other music to you is not with an algorithm. Fans are loving the intricate. so Mog matches you up with others that it believes can help you discover new music.com is a potential candidate. as well as the thrill of doing something a little different that is not permanent---as the nail grows out. so does the tattoo.MOG Myspace started out as a tool for emerging LA bands to connect and build out their fan base.37 - . the latest and greatest is the nail tattoo. So what fills the void for the music fan? Mog. The genesis of this brand was in music. but its role has been diminished somewhat. London. the tattoo artist goes through the first few layers of your nail to create an extremely detailed image directly onto the nail. Although we have not yet seen this trend here in the US. but other people. It's a music based blogging network.
not to mention a space-saving way to store it during off-season. a voice can tell you what your progress is through the headphones with the touch of a button. It is also a great way to display your board all the year round.a wireless system that can track your running progress and allow you to choose a "PoweSong" to pump you up when you hit a wall. or the Blade. It can also be flat-packed for easy storage. There are two different base designs available.who wasn't content just with opening a store on 5th Avenue . with the Air Zoom Moire as the first in the Nike+ line.announced the Nike+iPod . The board attaches to the legs of the seat via suckers to keep the board protected. There's also a pretty spiffy Nike+ website where you can track your run history and set up competitions with your friends. which is a streamlined single metal structure.38 - .Two of the biggest brands in the world came together today in New York to announce a partnership for a new product. £99 from Vitamin Living. with two sleek metal tripod legs (pictured). Nike is rolling out several new Nike+ shoes in the fall. Source: [Gothamist] Powder Seat Vitamin Living's The Powder Seat allows you to use your snowboard as the seat of the bench. Nike and Apple . the Trident. The Powder Seat is simply a base that suckers onto the underside of the board making it into a sturdy seat. With the sensor. The sensor fits into a special compartment under the insole and a receiver attaches to the iPod (which only works for the Nano). Source: [CoolHunting] Convenient Reading Chair .
less appealing to me than what the Bibliochaise has to offer in the art department. nobody&co have thrown in an added utility factor by creating a literal “arm-chair library." This sheet is turned into a bag by folding it and making use of the adhesive qualities of the material. this chair will definitely stand out in your living room. Apart from the fact that it has a higher than average creativity quotient. The bag can easily transform into its original sheet-shape changing its function. Personally. resulting in different degrees of transparency. The transparency of the material allows you to play with color combinations.” With the Bibliochaise. It is a practical material: easy to clean and when washed with soap the material regains its adhesive qualities. Toasted directly onto a grilled sandwich. Source: [Cool Hunting] Furoshiki Style The "furoshiki shiki" (furoshiki style) is made out of one sheet of semi-transparent vinyl "film. the porcelain pattern lends the refinement of fine china to eating on-the-go. include t-shirts printed with a tablecloth pattern—for those of us who would rather eat topless than on a undressed table—and delicately embroidered paper napkins. the duo behind this Rotterdam-based design studio. you can pick off your books right from where you are seated. Source: [Popgadget] Food Design Minale Maeda's "Table Manners Collection" is a clever exploration of the intersection of formal dining and fast food. Because this chair-cum-library is designed to hold 5 linear metres of books and a book-lover as well. the Italian designers. Other works by Mario Minale and Kuniko Maeda. With looks that can be customized too (you can choose different combinations of wood for the chair and colors for the cushions).39 - .The Bibliochaise is book storage with a difference. in and of itself. the fact that I can access my books from my chair is. Source: [Compact Impact] . it can be used as a sheet to sit on (during hanabi/hanami). or its contents can be laid out on the sheet. For instance.
180-square-foot clinic (called KU64 after its Kurfürstendamm address) is located in Berlin and was designed by the hot firm. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Fruitree Fruitree is a concept piece designed by Chia Shee Loh. where the results are both decorative and literal. The incredible design makes you feel like you're in an A-list Hollywood members bar . out of mind problem with fruit that goes uneaten and spoils. GRAFT. They were motivated to solve the out of sight. creating an elegant sense of flow and space. Antonietta Fortunato and Elena Godenzi. Source: [Cool Hunting] . the same people that were behind Berlin's new super lifestyle Hotel "Q". keeping the fruit fresh longer.certainly not the usual ambiance associated with utilitarian spaces like this one which houses eight dentists.Cool Dental Who would have thought a dental clinic could be this cool? The 10. The fact that fruit grows on trees does not go unnoticed in this design.40 - . The cocoon like spaces are filled with light. Circulating air is pushed throughout the Fruitree. It makes even a session of root canal seem inviting.
Upgraded Office Wares
Offering an alternative to boring office supplies, russell+hazel sells stylish binders, paper, storage and accessories. Minneapolis-based russell+hazel, founded by a former architect, is a range of aesthetically pleasing office supplies that combine a designed look with durable quality. The company's newest range, Audrey, is a fashion-forward selection specifically tailored to women, offering 'working girl chic' supplies with details inspired by vintage architecture, classic Hollywood and contemporary couture. Source: [Springwise]
Dining On Computer
Designer Duck Young Kong has shown his latest innovation over at Yanko Design and it’s called The Keyboard Food Tray. No longer do you have to face tough question: “one more round of de_dust or finally eat something for the first time in 37 hours?” You can very easily consume your tea cakes and earl grey while grinding goblins. It’s still in the design phase, so there is no pricing and information is limited. Hopefully this will help out all the Koreans who die due to MMOs problem. Source: [Ohgizmo]
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Novelty Lights Inc. is a Colorado based company owned by brothers, Tres and K.C. Coors. The company was established in 1999 as a direct importer of Rope Light, Holiday Lights, and a variety of popular novelty lights. Our lighting lines have grown significantly since then; however, we pride ourselves on knowing our customers and their needs and most importantly providing excellent service. Because the owners have years of experience working within the lighting field, even before starting their own company, you can trust the quality of our products and the information you receive. Novelty Lights Inc. strives for excellence in every aspect of our company, and we promise to provide knowledgeable salespeople, accurate information regarding products, and answers to your lighting questions, as well as outstanding and friendly customer service. At Novelty Lights, we constantly import the finest lighting from all over the world. Because we import merchandise we are able to pass great savings on to our customers. Without the inflated prices offered by other websites and mall stores, we have the buying power to negotiate low prices and value our ability to pass the savings on to you. We strive for complete customer satisfaction and value your right to a fair price and quality lighting products. Source: [Novelty Lights.com]
Like a growing number of homeowners paying extra attention to the space over their heads, Cronin likes to incorporate the ceilings into his room design. "It's the biggest space you have to work with," says Cronin, who designs sound studios. Cronin's not the only one with an overhead fixation. "Ceilings are huge," says decorative painter Kathy Wear, whose work with interior designer Joni Wohlfahrt has won home show awards in the Nashville area. "For so long, ceilings were just white. Now you very rarely see white ceilings. It started with color and has worked its way to finishings." Designer Marcia Knight says fancy ceilings aren't entirely new. The Biltmore, the Vanderbilt homestead in Asheville, N.C., built in 1895, has many fabulous ceilings, she points out. But what is relatively new is outfitting ceilings atop really tall walls, which can tower 18 to 24 feet in some of the grandest new homes. In terms of aesthetics, it's almost necessary. "If you have walls that go straight up, you don't want to go to a flat top," she says. "It would be pretty boring." "People want something unique," Wear says. "They don't want to go crazy on walls, which can overpower a room. They'd rather concentrate on the ceiling as the main focal point." Source: [INDYSTAR.com]
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If your crib is getting to be a little bit too modern-looking, now it's time to funk it up a bit with some retro-refrigeration. Oddly-named Brit company Smeg is offering these old-fashioned refrigerators with a large selection of colors including those seen above. So if you're looking to sing the praises of the Union Jack or want a refrigerator to match that pink Razr you just picked up, perhaps you've just found something that's chillin’ enough. Source: [Gizmodo]
High-end Latino Furnishings
South Bronx furniture manufacturing and design company Caoba Colección de Muebles creates high-end furnishings with a Latino flair. Run by two Dominican brothers passionate about interior design and la cultura, the company creates coffee tables, chairs, lamps, sofas, dressers and ottomans priced from $700 to $1,400. All pieces have Latino names derived from the brothers’ relatives, friends and others: the Serrano Dresser, the Manrique Ottoman. Customers include Starwood Hotels, the East Hampton Golf Club and the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Visionary Latinos are turning their passions into businesses that break new ground in industries that traditionally have lacked Latino-owned companies. Source: [Iconoculture]
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a “flying carpet”.The Flying Carpet Digital imaging offers the ability to create fantastic images and use them in new ways by creating spaces to transform perceptions and indeed create whole new environments. It is indeed. Alavi’s latest project is indeed likely to inspire a myriad of ideas from creatives all over the world when they see how he had an aerial view of the Sacramento River woven into a carpet for the floor of a pedestrian bridge connecting the Sacramento International Airport terminal to the parking garage. ceilings and now to have digitally imaged carpet created. giving us complete artistic control of interior design like never before. When we first saw the remarkable work of Iranian artist Seyed Alavi we were transfixed in that he offers perspectives we’d not seen before and for each person. those perspectives were different. Source: [Gizmag] . curtains. We now have the ability to put any image on a wall (via digitally printed wallpaper).44 - .
combines e-commerce. instant messaging and the sharing of merchandise. Though there are features specific to the site that e-tailers can take advantage of — which we'll cover after we explain how the site works — most online shop owners won't have to do a thing to be included in the Buddy Shopping service. such as organic or paid search. The site encourages community members of recommend and find music and gives back 70% of the proceeds to artists after the first $5 in sales. This independent music site uses demand-driven pricing. will still lead them to you. Source: [Influx Insights] . where the community dictates the pricing of the tracks. social networking. but openly encourage musicians to mobilize their fan bases to use the site and buy the tracks.45 - .Buddy Shop A new e-commerce site called Buddy Shopping that lets consumers peruse products online simultaneously with friends launched today with the promise to offer a viable new channel for Web shop owners. we have now found an interesting example in a new music site called Amie Street. Amie Street have some smart technology that prevents artificial inflation. All tracks start out at zero and can rise to 98 cents depending on sales. That's because consumers are searching online the way they regularly do. Source: [E-commerce Guide] Demand and Supply Influx has written in the past about variable pricing models and how these might one day become a key component of business. so any marketing efforts. dubbed a "social netshopping" service by CEO Todd Kelly. The difference is that they are able to do so with others in real-time. The site.
Scroll. SiteKreator is Web 2. You see. Source: [SiteKreator] Extraordinary Etsy Click. experimental. Click. the site offers indie designers the space to showcase and sell their handmade work (kind of like an eBay for crafty types). and totally awesome website that challenges the norms of online shopping. Unlike Google Pages and other do-it-yourself site design tools. Whoa. the beautifully designed Etsy utilizes technology that lets you search not just by category or top sellers but also by color (just click any of the virtual swatches) and geography (you can finally find out what’s being made in Scottsbluff. they’ll be employing multiuser shopping. e-mail. use generic tools for site design and/or blogging. Web site information can be tiered through multiple content layers by adding members-only areas and registration forms to encourage visitors to share key information in exchange for access to deeper layers of meaningful content. edibles). Click. like. or upgrade software.Instant Web 2. You get to see each other’s cursors move across the page as you search and click. a new. Scroll. Scroll. build customer loyalty. totally wild! Or — not so much. Nebraska). clothing.0 ready. and effective Web sites. customers would either hire a designer or agency. enabling businesses to easily implement interactive features. to engage visitors and convert them into repeat customers. shopping online is. Run by a group of computer whiz kids. and increase sales by giving them a one-stop solution to easily create stylish. Web forms. It’s easy and cheap to post any creation (craft supplies. and discussion forums. Prior to SK Business Edition. or use software to help build their sites.46 - . Which is why we are stoked to introduce you to Etsy. such as blogs. geekery. without the high price tag or forcing a “generic” design. Source: [DailyCandy] . or IM. But it’s even easier and more fun to shop. which allows you to you invite friends to browse along with you in real time. SiteKreator is a fully-hosted online application that eliminates the need to download. Discuss/fight over finds without a phone. You can even look at stuff via time machine or in 3-D (explore for yourself. install. interactive.) Later this month. vintage gear. SiteKreator pulls together the best of the Web’s most important features and capabilities.0 Websites SiteKreator was designed to help businesses accelerate brand recognition.
has created Cool-riculum. let's talk about the Spelling module.or paper. Way cool! The creators of this product have made interactive teaching fun. and independent thinking. a daily publishing website with an eco-friendly hue that intends to be "a good source of advice for real people leading busy lives. The Scholastic Store. Tap the paper with the ink end and it tells you the instructions to follow. but also as a computer-generated teacher. This is the same company that brought us the Leapster hand-held gaming and learning tool. use the Fly Pen and write them on the paper provided.47 - . The pen.a calculator. Everyday information for being a more conscientious consumer resonates with people who don't have time. a series of fun and enrichment workshops for kids. slightly larger than an ordinary Bic. This is done by using the pen as a basic writing tool. Cool-riculum was designed to provide children with enrichment in their daily skills such as literacy. energy or money to do the research themselves. Source: [The StarPhoenix] Green Info DailyCandy with content that's totally green? That would be Ideal Bite. we're looking at the Grade 4 level. almost magic. . well. is also a talking computer. This comes with grade-specific words for the user. The paper is. To help parents meet these needs. draw the numbers zero through 9 plus the appropriate symbols. Get this. To underline the point. located in SoHo and Scarsdale. and presto -. It is also a great way for kids and parents to participate in group activities and socialize with friends. We'll pick a selection of words. creativity." Like the Lazy Environmentalist radio show and other down-to-earth approaches. In this case. However. they do it one shade at a time. Source: [Iconoculture] Cool-Riculum Eighty-nine percent of parents believe that it is important for their child to be involved in hands-on activities outside of the classroom. Ideal Bite recognizes that people don't turn green overnight. Take the Fly Pen.Fly PenTop Education The Fly PenTop Computer is the latest LeapFrog Enterprises product for 8 -13 year-olds. this is no simple pen -.
Source: [Iconoculture] Game of Faith The streets of New York have never looked so barren. The Internet provides a forum for talented Latino filmmakers and actors with no money or connections in Hollywood. The next step: write a script and improve production techniques.Video Production On Youtube Entrepreneurial young South Florida Latinos post their creative homemade videos on YouTube.com. Four Latino twentysomething friends starred in a video they produced on the cheap called “Cuban Churro Salesmen. black helicopters loom overhead and armed soldiers close ranks on the streets below.48 - . Soon. which often stereotypes and excludes them. has filmed seven improvised shorts. An occasional taxi or bus motors down a boulevard as people wander aimlessly among eerily vacant buildings. . The friends’ company. Four Awesome Guys Studios.” a comedy which became YouTube’s second-most-watched comedy video within 24 hours of its appearance on the website.
As the leading lifestyle portal and social networking community. these unsigned artists will first be guided through the licensing and production process led by InfoSpace. Source: [Playfuls. Every month the shows are screened for live audiences in Los Angeles (Channel 101) and New York (Channel 102). viral video equivalents to American Idol. they believe the faithbased theme is important. while the losing . The top five shows then become the “prime time” lineup. Source: [Iconoculture] Mobile Music Studio If music truly is the universal language. a long-time Cingular partner and a leading provider of mobile content. then millions of music hopefuls are sure to be talking about the new Cingular Mobile Music Studio available exclusively on MySpace. Cingular's Mobile Music Studio is a first-of-its-kind platform that offers hundreds of thousands of unsigned artists and bands on MySpace the tools needed to turn their self-produced music into ringtones. . and viewers can vote on which shows to renew and which shows to cancel. The fragrant feature will make its big-screen debut at showings of Terrence Malick’s The New World. MySpace has more than one million bands and artists using the site to connect and engage with fans.com] Viral Videos You may have heard about YouTube and the viral video craze that’s become one of the hottest Internet trends since the birth of social networking sites. Source: [USATODAY] Scene-synchronized Scents Watch and sniff? Specially equipped Japanese movie theaters are enhancing the cinematic experience with scene-synchronized scents. But it's the apocalypse without dismemberment or graphic bloodshed. Here’s how it works: anyone can submit a TV show pilot (up to five minutes long).This isn't your run-of-the-mill video game: Left Behind: Eternal Forces is based on the best-selling Left Behind book series about the apocalypse. Yet. located on a dedicated page on MySpace. The film's "fragrance schedule" of custom scents includes Grandeur of Nature. though the game has an element of violence that some Christians argue is counter to teachings of the Bible. Two major viral video portals you may not know of yet are Channel 101 and Channel 102. Together with InfoSpace Inc. Cingular's Mobile Music Studio will help these artists generate even more exposure and excitement for their music. the Mobile Music Studio is being trialed by approximately 75 unsigned MySpace bands and artists. The game's creators say they hope to wriggle into the multibillion-dollar mainstream video game market by offering a real-time strategy option for serious gamers. too. Think of these sites as the localized. The Fragrance Communication system uses NTT Communications' seat-mounted machines to release preprogrammed aromas. The Mobile Music Studio is just one more example of Cingular's leadership in the convergence of wireless and music. Announced at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2006. Currently. a retelling of the love affair between John Smith and Pocahontas. Joy of New Love and Grief of Separation.49 - . Through Cingular's Mobile Music Studio.
the prime time shows test new episodes against a new selection of pilots. Beginning in mid-2006.50 - . The bottom layer elevates you off the ground.shows are cancelled forever. And. it will be part of the general TiVo package. Xbox. or Stereo. KidZone automatically filters TV content based on families’ personal values. The mat features dual-layer cushions for maximum comfort. AMI began its mission to improve out-of-home digital networks by offering relevant and entertaining media in high-traffic commercial environments. TV. TiVo’s offering isn’t just a nobrainer blocking service. DVD Player. . With experience in software development and technology management. but touchy about lewd language? Or just can’t stand the Wiggles? Set your preferences. a 25 watt subwoofer. and TiVo keeps the offensive out. Soft on cartoon violence in general. and so on. pockets for your remote or your cell-phone and between the pockets is a variety of A/V ports so you can connect everything from your Playstation 2. a “safe” place where kiddies can connect only with programming that meets parental approval. detachable remote. if you love to play for hours at-a-stretch then don’t worry! The mat is made of rip-stop fabric cover and the wipeable nylon used in the mat allows you to clean it properly too! Source: [CoolBuzz] Out-of-Home Digital ActiveMaps Inc: Founded in 2003. At the next month’s viewing. the special service isn’t priced as an add-on. While KidZone could be a gouging opportunity. AMI developed a proprietary application that delivers real-time media over cellular networks. the top form-fitting layer is molded to support your neck and back for maximum comfort and no aching. Source: [TrendCentral] Safe TV TiVo is going even more consumer-happy by offering TiVo KidZone. Gamecube. Source: [Iconoculture] Mat for Total Gaming If you are a gaming-geek then this Entertainment System Sound Mat is all what you could have asked for! Now you don’t need to be grounded for hours for you can now lie down comfortably even while you play! The Pyramat mat is loaded with hi-tech like it includes two 4″ 25 watt coaxial speakers.
McDonald's is the first quick service restaurant to offer new DVD movie rentals to consumers. MSNBC breaking news. increase in-store revenue through point of purchase strategies.com. AMI's out-of-home channel provides real time Sig-Alert and Clear Channel traffic. McDonald's. deploys. Source: [ActiveMaps Inc. and entertainment. the Web has long been a platform for downloading and watching pirated clips of television shows like "Lost" and "The Simpsons. satisfying. creating new shows around video clips culled from the Web. The latest new DVD releases are added to the Redbox DVD rental machines every Tuesday. is installing fully automated Redbox DVD rental machines in over 100 restaurants throughout Denver. AMI's digital solution provides an opportunity to aesthetically upgrade commercial environments. informative and entertaining media for consumers throughout their day. At the same time. live surf reports by Surfline.00 per night. long recognized for successfully bringing together the elements of food." a show featuring the most popular video shorts circulating the Net." much to the chagrin of the television networks.] Redbox DVD In late May McDonald's unveiled plans to bring a taste of Hollywood to Denver by offering new release DVD movie rentals for just one dollar per night. and unique customer experiences in its restaurants. Bravo TV is among the pioneers of the genre. it began airing a new half-hour series called "Outrageous and Contagious: Viral Video.AMI develops. ESPN sports. extending its legacy of introducing new and innovative ways to create relevant. Source: [KIOSK] Net Videos TV Dirty secret or not.with no membership forms and no late fees . including parodies of the gay-cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" and clips of President George Bush's many verbal faux pas. this quick service restaurant leader has gone kiosk crazy. AMI's content driven network remains focused on delivering educational. and manages out-of-home digital networks. generate new revenue through advertising. It could be likened to a digital-age version of the old bloopers TV shows. plus tax . . E! Entertainment news. This week.51 - . and incorporate internal training vehicles. In Denver. lifestyle. entertain your customers. In short.and return the same movies at any participating McDonald's Denver location. and Yahoo! stock quotes. But now TV producers are turning the tables. the company is experimenting with quick service ordering (QSO) kiosks at locations around the globe. plus tax. customers can visit the Redbox DVD machines at participating McDonald's and rent the newest DVD movies releases for just $1. giving customers another great reason to visit The Golden Arches.
000 (EUR 4.52 - . targeting a massive market: according to the National Association of Home Builders.000-55. a division of BestBuy. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Easy Home Cinemas US-based Magnolia. In the seventies they where all the rage. come to your house and hook it all up]". bar tops and Lionel Ritchie's favorite place to dance. flares or not. 36 percent of people building new homes want a media room. is turning the art of installing home theatres (from reclining seats and huge screens to sophisticated sound systems) into a branded. tell you exactly what to buy] and make it all work together [i. The panels are not restricted to work only on dance floors and can be fitted to walls.J's sets. Using the latest in pressure sensitive LED technology. Source: [CNet] LED Illuminated Illuminated dance floors are nothing new. There are currently 70 Magnolia store-in-stores in BestBuys across the US. with the majority spending USD 5.e. this time in LED form. the illuminated dance floor is back.e.USA Networks. nation-wide business: "Magnolia is the new service that will customize your home theater [i. the problem was that dancers flared hot pants would cover the floor panels and kill the effect.400) on their systems.COM] .12541. Source: [TRENDWATCHING. Fox and NBC are producing similar programming in the coming months. ceilings. International expansion sounds like a no-brainer. Special plug ins can be downloaded into the D.Js computer equipment allowing an entire set to be pre programmed where the music and lights work together. And ABC News Digital plans to enhance its television news program by drawing on video captured by viewers using cellular phones. these panels are designed to interact with club goers moves as well as D. Now.840-28.250/GBP 2.
featuring t-shirts with designs that are accompanied by an explanation of the meaning behind the design. And suddenly. MAC cosmetics serves up burlesque glamour girl Dita von Teese at a swank dinner at Art Basel Miami. will build a contemporary art museum in Paris. "Everyone has been talking Warhol -. the imminent Edie Sedgwick movie. COTAM (Clothing of the American Mind) was one of the first labels to jump on this trend. the luxury conglomerate with Vuitton and Dior in its stable.Happy Warholiday LVMH. Source: [TrendCentral] . skyrocketing auction prices. complete with a printed text explanation on the inside of the shirt. It was the perfect year for us to have a Happy Warhol-iday." Source: [The Hamilton Spectator] Fashionable Message While fashion has always been used as a form of self expression. the store's creative director. descriptive graphics. Each design is based on a current news item. shopping bags. "Everybody wants to be cool and groovy and there is this nagging feeling that nobody was more cool and groovy than Andy. we’re seeing an increase in the number of clothing labels that go beyond aesthetics to make a statement. Barneys New York launched the ultimate art meets fashion marketing blitz working with the Warhol Foundation on Pop Art windows. Portraits of the artist by schoolchildren are being exhibited and sold in stores to benefit local arts programs. even actual cans of Campbell Soup at $12 each. Swedish subscription-based t-shirt label T-post’s “94% News." said Simon Doonan. 6% Cotton” tees feature unique.two documentaries. dead artists are at the centre of a major holiday campaign and a luxury designer product launch. LA-based Acrylick aims to make fashion “with a positive message”. The mutual admiration between art and fashion is turning into a full-on love fest. For the holidays.53 - . by using quirky graphics and text to convey strong political and social beliefs. a special pair of Levi's. keeping people informed and fashionable at the same time.
Source: [Popgadget] Best Fit Jeans There are more fits. The heat will make the gel burn much brighter.54 - . but users can click through to purchase from other online stores. and the illumination shampoos right out. By mixing fluorophors with an appropriate catalyst a chemical reaction occurs that produces the byproduct of light. add the powder (catalyst) to the gel (fluorophor suspension). No jeans are sold on the site. In an effort to aid consumers. cuts. and dance! If you really want to maximize your potential glow for a short outing then heat up the gel with a hairdryer after application. No bulbs or batteries are necessary to create the glow. and styles out there than the average shopper can keep track of. especially since sizes vary dramatically from one brand to the other. Directions are to open the container. wearing Voltage gel is the same as cracking open a raver glow stick and pouring the contents over your locks. but it won't last nearly as long. Essentially. A 2 oz tube is $11. Source: [TrendCentral] . and should be enough for a couple of people to use for highlights. run through hair.Chemoluminescent Hair Gel Voltage iGlow is a sulf illuminating hair gel. websites have been created to analyze personal fit information to identify the “best fitting” brand and item for their particular body shape. Zafu analyzes multiple pieces of fit information (no measuring involved) from the user to identify the “best fitting” brand and style of jeans from a bank of over 200 styles and 70 brands.
Source: [TrendHunter Magazine] . the loincloths may add a new twist to the "Cool-biz" trend of dressing down to cool off." a department store official said. and Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View. from sleek designs featuring dots. “We are designers. With the hot summer months ahead.Loincloths Loincloths are being marketed by the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's Ginza district as a feature product for the summer months ahead.” says founder and lead designer Angela Gwinner. and they're suited for Japan's humid summers. a touch of being free. more so. Bringing with her a Canadian sense of natural beauty and relaxed style. goldfish. The store predicts that that a full-scale loincloth boom is eminent. It’s a reflection of the self and. Source: [Mainichi Interactive] Flower Rings Designed with the fun.and everywhere in between. “There is a hint of romantic.from elegant silk poppies in pink and red affixed to rings to wild dahlia brooches. It has prepared an abundant range of products for customers. bold and daring femininity in our lines. and fireworks. omondieu!’s saucy line of floral jewelry has been making waves with the style set since its inception in 2004. and in just half a year the department store has sold about 5.55 - . Worn by such celebrities as Lenny Kravitz. "They're unconstrained and have got good ventilation. A boom in the sale of loincloths has been seen since last spring. Angela is inspired by secret gardens the world over with all omondieu! rings handmade in Europe.000 loincloths -roughly 25 times the normal number it sells. Nicole Ritchie.” As a Canadian currently residing in Germany. and yes. Angela’s jewelry translates into chic and unique creations . to loincloths that come with matching T-shirts. a reflection of lifestyle. but foremost women who believe in making statements. omondieu! has generated major buzz from Hollywood to Berlin . colour and passion that life offers in mind. it has emerged.
all. There are also purses. offering stunning wedding gowns for pregnant brides. disease. bad world can be a very scary place. shoulder bags. A Pea in the Pod. Each piece is made with soft fabrics and round pads to provide cushioning around vital organs like the stomach and heart. and Rebecca Turbow’s Safe clothes. Source: [Yenra] Safe and Secure The big. Horrific images.Mother-to-be Brides Traditional elegant white bridal dress for mother-to-be makes pregnant bride feel beautiful on her special day. and people who wear socks with sandals. champagne cocktails. Eschewing all colors but teal and white. And sometimes we feel defenseless against things like war. Source: [DailyCandy] . skirts. shorts. and tops are designed to protect wearers both physically and emotionally. Thankfully. Mimi Maternity and Motherhood Maternity celebrate mothers-to-be at every stage. Women today are living their lives on their own terms.56 - . and wallets to help soothe anxiety. and guys can turn to her monochromatic tees for a little extra security. Turbow’s playful collection of durable dresses. Turbow uses the same soothing hues favored for hospital scrubs. And now it’s all available online. there are coping mechanisms: little blue pills.
—that elevate the frozen treat into a personalized dessert. in-transit consumption is designed with one purpose – saving time.Pinkberry If you haven’t heard about the wonders of Pinkberry. identified a gap in the Australian market and decided he wanted to give Australians a reason for getting out of bed in . “Bling H2O is to bottled water what Rolls Royce is to automobiles. At Muzz Buzz. etc. VMA’s and BET Awards and has been sampled by Jamie Foxx. plain and green tea (although I've heard no one ever gets the green tea). a premium product with premium packaging that merits a premium price. Be on the lookout for new stores in Chelsea. Available in only two flavors. all consumers need to do is drive thru. The space is modernly decorated with Philippe Starck's crystal-clear Charles Ghost stools and Victoria Ghost chairs and wavy. Paris Hilton (and Tinkerbell). crunchy sugary cereal. Source: [GUSH] Drive Thru Coffee No other substance screams WAKE UP as effortlessly as coffee. it's neither a new fragrance nor a nasty skin condition but rather a frozen yogurt phenomena that's already taken over LA and recently opened their first NYC location in Koreatown. just to name a few.57 - . Mariah Carey and Shaquille O’Neal. it’s the many toppings—fresh fruit. repro pendant lights by Poul Christiansen. that’s right for a bottle of water. Craig Muzeroll. Bling is a stand-alone beverage as well as the perfect compliment to your favorite cocktail.00. Australian company Muzz Buzz has capitalised on the realisation that people want their coffee to be quick. the yogurt is tangy like real yogurt and not overly sweet like normal frozen yogurt. Especially delicious after a salty. nuts.00 to $40. that are frosted and have genuine Swarovski crystals that spell out the water’s name. founder of Muzz Buzz. cookie crumbs. After all. garlic-y Korean meal. Source: [Cool Hunting] Premium Water Bling H2O has a limited edition bottle available in two sizes. Prices range from $24. convenient and satisfying.” (Baller Status)It has been featured at the Grammy’s. the Upper East Side and Soho.
guaranteed free of things that can ruin a tropical vacation (E. Secured ice cubes are made with purified water. Hyper lives demand maximization of all the gadgetry at our fingertips. So far. and consumers expect businesses to keep up. The service – short for "mobile order" – enables Manhattanites to order and pay for food ahead of time. Here's how it works: Hungry citizens use their cellphones (or a computer) to text an order to a restaurant from a selected list and pay with a linked credit card.the morning. That reason became Muzz Buzz. Quiznos and a few independent salad and sushi joints. The restaurant sends a text message when the order is ready and has a special Mobo counter for pickup. coli. Premium coffee beans and unique Muzz Buzz flavours tempt consumers' tastebuds and since inception the Muzz Buzz menu has expanded to include convenient-to-eat-while-driving food.. hepatitis) or an expensive single-malt Scotch (minerals). participating eateries include Subway. Source: [Iconoculture] Food Text Services Think of Mobo as curbside takeout for urban dwellers.) Source: [Springwise] Fruity Ice Cubes Ice Kids are secured ice cubes.58 - . Want the usual? Frequent Mobo users can save their "faves" for speedier service. colored with natural fruit extracts like blueberry. But the addition of natural fruit flavoring lends a healthy twist that may justify the cost for some parents. (Let’s just hope the government doesn’t ban drivers from eating and drinking while driving. According to the website. "Fast food" doesn't mean the same thing it did even five years ago. Some consumers might find the benefits of high-priced ice debatable at best. a growing franchise drive-thru coffee chain which offers quality coffee at a reasonable price and convenient (high traffic flow) locations. lemon and strawberry. "Children can thus pour spring water over Ice Kids fruit ice cubes and enjoy the same tastes as their favorite juices without consuming extra sugar". Source: [Iconoculture] ..
“But they’ve never been sour enough for me…Until now. and other fruits and is used in sodas and candy. limes. naturellement.Cocktail Kick The next big thing to hit the Cocktail Kingdom is a retro-modern shaker full of fun from Phoenix. “I like a good margarita and whiskey sour. Ed Sweet. Source: [Cocktail Kick] Canine Cafe If the Chicago City Council passes an ordinance letting dogs dine alongside their owners at outdoor cafés. Citric acid comes from lemons. Source: [Iconoculture] Straws with Flavours . tangy taste to adult beverages like margaritas. martinis. and is as safe as it is sour. tart. and more.59 - . and other fruit flavors will find my Cocktail Kick a terrific enhancement.” says company founder and CEO.” Sweet’s Brand Cocktail Kick can be mixed into drinks and used to rim the glass. Arizona-based Sweet’s Brand. mojitos. Inc. bloody marys. Anyone who favors drinks with lemon. Princess. “Some people like to create a rimming mixture by combining Cocktail Kick with sugar or salt. chef Didier Durand of Cyrano's Bistrot will serve a $5 prix fixe canine menu to his patrons' pets. lime.” Sweet’s Brand Cocktail Kick consists of 100% citric acid crystals. The company is proud to introduce Cocktail Kick — a new product that adds an extra puckery. Sweet. Possible dishes include ostrich pâté and bone marrow gateau – and a ceramic bowl full of mineral water. “But I’m a purist who prefers the puckery taste of Cocktail Kick all by itself.” says Mr. Chef Durand has spent months testing the canine menu on his poodle.
E4B's mango flavour. A special filter at each end of the straw keeps the beads in but allows milk to be sucked through. but presented as snacks.99. "If people take the time to cook beans and put it on toast. The straws are unique in its use of tiny flavoured beads entrapped within the straw. This innovative flavouring straw won Best New Retail Product at the Sydney tradeshow as well. contains 2 mangos. and no artificial additives. The technology is being developed by Heinz researchers in New Zealand.Does anyone remember wax straws? And how there was a fleeting fad of coating the insides with chocolate syrup so it would flavour your milk as you sucked? The chocolate flavour never lasted very long (and I always ended up destroying my straw in the process) but as we all know. And we weren't the only ones. Source: [The Daily Telegraph] Mangos and Apples for Busy People Although nothing beats fresh fruit. retro is in. gradually dissolve and flavour each mouthful of milk. which are made of tapioca starch. packing the puree of multiple fruits into portable pouches. why shouldn't we cut the process for them and give them beans on toast?" he said.60 - . and technology is rampant! Enter the Sipahh: easily the most exciting product we saw at the Fine Food Show last week. sometimes consumers favour something even easier. E4B ("Easy for Busy") steps up to the challenge. for example. Heinz has devised a frozen baked bean sandwich which simply needs to be heated in a toaster. and the pouch's seven layers make for a shelf-life of a year. 1 apple. half a banana. and the product is currently only available in (parts) of the United States. Source: [GRAB YOUR FORK] Beans in Toast The Daily Telegraph: FOR those who find baked beans on toast just too messy to put together. The products are slurpable. not drinks. help is on the way. Pricing seems a bit steep at USD 5. Source: [Springwise] . and apples and bananas are conveniently packaged by nature. Packaging was originally developed in Japan for Nasa. Heinz chief Bill Johnson said the company needed to give people "new ways to use beans". The beads.
Entrepreneurs across the US have started their own dinner assembly stores. Customers move around the store. and the field's leader. If the machine runs out of a flavour. picking meals from a monthly menu. tasty. all of the dinner assembly companies offer essentially the same service: customers schedule a session online. Though they vary in style. Business is booming for a reason: the meal assembly concept offers time-starved consumers an innovative and convenient way to provide their families with nutritious. with more variety. Dream Dinners. The front of the machine features a touch-screen display showing a menu of flavours and mix-ins. allowing customers to create any combination they like. Meals are easily customized to accommodate personal tastes or diets. Because it uses flash freezing instead of the standard slow churning method. a high-tech vending machine that makes ice cream to order in 45 seconds. Source: [Springwise] Ice Cream on Demand Banana ice cream with peanut butter cups mixed in? Not a problem for MooBella. Finally.61 - . it's removed from the menu and an order is automatically placed for a refill. home-cooked meals. healthier options and at a lower cost than take-out or frozen supermarket meals. MooBella can produce ice cream on demand from room temperature ingredients.Meal Assembly The concept has exploded in the past year. assembling a meal at each station by scooping ingredients into freezer bags or disposable baking pans. . has expanded from 49 locations. the packaged meals are clearly labeled with cooking instructions.
7UP. has unveiled its curvaceous new packaging Curvy. Source: [SBS. They claim it's a versatile cross between Romaine and Iceberg lettuce flexible enough for folding. Source: [Strange New Products] Multi Cola Ipifini's Programmable Liquid Container technology employs buttons on the container's surface that release additives (flavors.Raised in Massachusetts. lime. but still crispy. which owns the President's Choice brand.. it has magenta-coloured flesh and is slightly sweeter than standard varieties.99 (A$4. vanilla. a Canadian brand of food products.80) for 275g. Because so many carb-conscious people are using lettuce leaves in lieu of hamburger buns. introduced new "Crispy Lettuce Wraps". . The cherry-sized fruit was created in response to increased demand for novelty produce. M&S is also launching an even sweeter-tasting variety called the "strawmato" which it says goes well with melted chocolate. Source: [Springwise] Crispy Lettuce Wraps President's Choice. said Marks & Spencer. Additive buttons allow for the consumer to choose variations of the liquid in the container at the point of consumption. Not only does its onboard computer run on Linux. the machine also communicates wirelessly through satellite technology to provide company headquarters with inventory and sales data. leaves of hybrid lettuce for the purpose of making low-carb bread-free burgers.62 - . a programmable cola bottle with buttons for lemon. Tiger tomatoes cost STG1. Promoting the new packaging is 7UP's popular brand mascot Fido Dido in company with Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat. Called the tiger tomato. colors. Loblaws Inc. MooBella is decidedly high-tech. For example. Source: [Yenra] Novelty Fruit A green and red-striped tomato is the latest "designer" food set to hit the supermarket shelves in Britain. The tomatoes were grown in Lancashire and the Isle of Wight. A programmable paint container with twenty pigment additive buttons allows the consumer to choose from one million colors. sourced from PA] 7UP Curvy Clear lime brand of PepsiCo India. and cherry flavors as well as a caffeine button allows for thirty-two potential choices of soda. decided to sell lettuce leaves designed expressly for this purpose. fragrances) into the liquid.
up 75% from US$2 billion. containing Schizandra. folic acid and other essential vitamins. "Stampede is the first Vitamin-enhanced beer. 7UP Curvy is unlike anything we have seen so far in India. the energy drink market topped US$5 billion in 2004. including PimpJuice. Schwartz said Stampede tastes just like regular beer but with a kick. according to Beverage Digest. India executive marketing director Punita Lal. according to the report. U. Schwartz said the federal government told him that he cannot claim the beer is good for drinkers and can't list vitamins on the labels because it would be an implied health claim. making it the fastest growing portion of the nonalcoholic beverage market. However. We are positive that the cool new 7UP 'Curvy' bottle will enhance consumer connect with the youth". Dozens of energy drink brands have hit store shelves since Red Bull was introduced to the U." Schwartz said. aesthetics & differentiation. a native Chinese herb that has for centuries been used for its aphrodisiac effects. market in 2001. Source: [Indiantelevision. energy drink sales grew to US$3. according to creator Lawrence Schwartz. that's how the beer maker is setting his beer from the rest of the brands.com] Energy Drink In 2005. which Nelly promises will “make you party all night just like a pimp. packaging solution with stylish contours.S.” Given the sagging libidos of hundreds of millions of baby boomers. Source: [Ubercool] Vitamin Beer A brewer in Dallas has created a beer that promises to be better for you because it is filled with vitamins.3 billion. should find ready appeal. Stampede beer is enhanced with B vitamin.com] .Says Pepsi Foods Pvt Ltd. "We are pleased to present the new 7UP 'Curvy' bottle which spells style.63 - . Source: [Local6. A unique. according to a Local 6 News report.S. Austria’s energy drink Turn On. Globally.
Invented by an Alaskan police officer in need of a wake-up aid (polar bear-on-polar bear crime is apparently way down). best of luck. is a drug. eggs. Wrigley’s Doublemint Twins mints feature two flavors in one mint. We’ll just be over here enjoying our Easy Cheese and Slim Jims. thanks to Divvies. senior marketing director for Wrigley. flip-top pack. What you need instead is SpazzStick. meanwhile. To them we say. But things are about to turn around. the Doublemint brand today debuted its first new product in nearly a century. For an afternoon refreshment. the balm contains skin-softening ingredients that heal your lips in even the coldest weather and comes in tasty flavors like vanilla toffee and cool mint. Or take a goody bag filled with kettle corn. To which we reply: So call us Pete Doherty and pass the biscotti. Them. Source: [DailyCandy] No Fear of Allergies There are those who do the whole nondairy/nonanimal product thing by choice. chocolate chip. or molasses cookie. Offered in both Wintercreme and Mintcreme flavors. The large quantities of caffeine. try an oatmeal raisin.64 - . And then there are those with allergies who do it because they have no choice. The company’s treats are made without dairy. along with an ad campaign that satirizes its own brand. the late-night runs to your dealer for double espressos have gotten a little out of hand. “Consumers told us that they were looking for an innovative and exciting way to enjoy the Doublemint brand that they grew up with. Source: [BRANDWEEK] Caffeine SpazzStick Caffeine. Suggested retail price is 69 cents for 37 mints. jawbreakers. Doublemint Twins mints packaging comes with the familiar blue and green Doublemint arrows and come in a convenient. as many a sanctimonious health freak has informed us. Still. the lip balm formulated with copious amounts of caffeine. chocolates.Wrigley's First New Product In Nearly A Century Known throughout the ad world for its iconic “Doublemint Twins” ads." stated Paul Chibe. very addicted to. or nuts. So you can cop a fix any time you need it. are absorbed quickly and effortlessly through your lips. we feel for — that sucks. and gum . One you can be very.
Resurrect is now becoming a part of the daily diet for the health conscious individual. In 2003. Formulated with over 19 vitamins and herbs. neutralize intestinal toxins. should the thought ever occur to anyone. and it has never looked back since. Source: [eBizAsiaLink. There are nine types to choose from. ketchup. GO Wodka Extreme Cranberry. Well. fruity flavor and the ability to help detoxify the body. it decided to fill metal tubes with energy and vodka drinks under the GO range. the small tube prevents others from putting drugs into your drink. Source: [DailyCandy] Drink in a Tube eBizAsiaLink. Source: [Resurrect] . But the best bet is the website’s monthly delivery program. including GO Wodka Energy. and cigarette smoke. Resurrect has the properties to help detoxify your liver. Resurrect can also be used as a mixer with your favorite liquor.com] Resurrecting Drink Although initially created as an anti-hangover elixir. which has been making mustard. vinegar. Resurrect mixes wonderfully with vodka. and increase energy and endurance. aid digestion. gin.65 - . Because of its refreshing. Also. and rum.com: Drinks come mostly in cans or bottles. The tube is small and handy and can be slotted into bags or pockets without taking up as much space as a bottle.balls to the movies. tell that to the Wenger Co. These vitamins and herbs help detoxify the human body from all the toxins faced on a daily basis. which will save you from scouring grocery store shelves and poring over labels for a safe indulgence. such as alcohol consumption. but tubes? No way. etc for more than a century. GO Pure Energy and GO Sport Isotonic Cherry. air pollution.
and celebrity activists (like Raffi!) regularly contribute advice. There's more. wellness experts. Whether you're a self-confessed kitchen klutz or a seasoned dabbler in Chinese cuisine-no fuss. and personal experiences. Multimedia downloads. which offer up an affordable. organic chefs. takeout Chinese New Year's menu. who says busy schedules and the lack of an official Canadian holiday make it challenging for people to find time to prepare the dishes they need to celebrate in style. – is an online beehive of proorganic moms." jokes T&T's Melina Hung. as the stores gear up to celebrate Chinese New Year-which this year includes a more polished offering of T&T's popular table-ready. Organic has moved out of the specialty aisles of our grocery stores and now pop off almost every shelf. "Think restaurant food at supermarket prices. preservatives. barbecued meats to go and baked treats. no muss-these well-executed dishes offer the perfect chance to put on your own Chinese New Year's celebration at home. educational tools. The all-natural network was created by farmer-owned food label Organic Valley. Nutritionists. if for no other reason than its well-stocked live seafood tanks.66 - . Source: [The VanCouver courier] Organic matters Mothers of Organic – otherwise known as M. Source: [Iconoculture] .O. fresh shellfish feast on a whim. The Hired Belly is a big fan of T&T. Asian vegetables.O. from aisles of staples and specialties to frozen dim sum.Chinese New Year Takeout T&T Supermarket is celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Dog in style this month. and fun activity suggestions help wellnessminded moms instill the organic spirit (and healthy eating habits) in their kids. of course. exposés. and pollutants. happier kids and steer clear of pesticides. The maternal healthnuts share info and inspiration about how to raise healthier. Walk into any T&T right now and you'll be greeted by a blaze of red and gold.
Dual main compartments are roomy enough for books. The Nicostopper is an electronic cigarette dispenser in which you can fit a maximum of 10 cigarettes at a time. a new customizable backpack that features integrated iPod controls. Source: [Popgadet] Wearable Computing Devices If you want to be always equipped with your favorite personal computing devices all-the-time without carrying any external baggage then. The backpack’s keypad.67 - . the Flexible OLED suit. lies in sticking to the device alone to dispense your cigarettes. but. No more digging for that iPod. And we're hoping that the $300 you would have to shell out for it might be a good enough incentive. the Nicostopper will also flash “self-help” messages each time to make you feel guilty as well. binders and all the gear you need for your day. of course.R. Source: [BornRich] . Well. located on the right shoulder strap.E. the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has designed one for you. Source: [Popgadget] Play iPod from Backpack Nike has introduced the C. tracks and play/pause. check out the Nicostopper from Fagor. has controls for volume.pick your color and even chose options such as locking zippers and a ventilated back. like a discerning grandmother. Once the ciggies are in. if you quiet liked the idea then you dont have to go on looking for a Bond-tailor to get one. Backpack iD. The trick. and connects to iPods via a dock connector. The coolest feature is the online customization feature -. Not only will you be allowed to take the cigarettes out only at the pre-defined intervals.Nicostopper If smoking de-addiction is one of your new year resolutions AND you are serious about it. The special outfit is decorated with wearable personal computing devices. you program the intervals at which you would like to take a smoke.O. how about walking down the street wearing all of them in a special outfit.
The summer's biggest hit is a small and handily designed USB fan that needs no external power when connected to a desktop of laptop. hiss and sing melodies in order to scare away the intruders. children or spouses make the best of it and try to peek into what you have been unto. Source: [Gush magazine] Keep Cool The Chosun Ilbo lists some unique products whose fun concepts and designs can help you cool down the last hot summer days. But this USB Kitty begs to differ! It’s a watch-cat for your computer. I’m still a fan of regular books. folks. Source: [Digital Chosunilbo] . you need to leave your chair for answering nature’s call or whatever else. But at such times. When you walk away from your computer and there somebody wants to touch your PC.68 - .USB Feline It's Kitty's world. When you’re working on PC. it will meow. Though for guarding purpose dogs are the best options over cats. The canines are alert and scary (at least when needed) as opposed to the felines who are sluggish and gullible all the time. They come with ear buds and a lanyard to wear around your neck so people can still see what you’re reading or in this case listening to. We just live in it. Source: [Gizmodiva] iPod Stories PlayAway Books are like little iPods that contain books such as John Grisham’s “The Broker” and Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. but these would be good for traveling.
jogging or otherwise.69 - . teardrop. and portable. simple and universal tools that keep them going are key to making consumers feel prepared. Featured on the ZDNet review “Wild for women’s gadgets. Worried about . Well no more dear reader.-by-2-in. an interesting new line of headbands for women by designer Steffi Thomas. designed by Chul Min Kang and Sung Hun Lim. For cautious travelers. The headset is optional and so are Dangles. is a modular power strip which can be twisted about to better accommodate cable gore with large. and charge up their electronic gadgets with a small connector cord. cellphones and even digital cameras. Road warriors running low on juice can open up Solio's three solar panels. These boys come in all sizes and shapes resulting in at least one or two unusable sockets due to overlap. that folds up into a 4-in. on the spot. bulky plugs. But what if you could do both? Take a look at Swapsets. Taking toys on the road is becoming an essential part of travel. which fan out like a clover. Source: [Iconoculture] Easy Power Strip As we all know.” this headband helps you dress it up by functioning as a headband-cumheadphones-cum-headset. at least not if the 2006 IDEA award winning design concept from the kids over at Brooklyn's Platt Institute is taken from art to part anytime soon. a solar-powered battery charger for iPods. a degree of self-sufficiency around important gadgets creates feelings of security and empowerment. Whew! Seems like a pretty ingenious idea and the product itself looks too adorable to resist.Headband + Headphones + Headset For most of us who use headphones while commuting. The E-rope. GPS. which can be attached to the bottom of the headband to look like earrings. Source: [Popgadget] Power On The Go Fun in the sun gets a jolt of power with Solio. it generally seems like a hard task to look stylish and wear headphones at the same time. the biggest problem with conventional power strips are the unconventional plugs with whom the ol' girl mates.
The card enables you to access your favorite coffee anytime. . The second prize winner is an interesting concept of InCar coffee machine featured here that is . and the livin' is . A see-through cover with feeder hole lets you keep an eye on the treats and easily add mix-ins such as nuts or candies. but I have had a couple of occasions when I’ve had the most unbearable headaches and sensitivity to bright lights. Source: [JS Online] Caffine innovation The Milan furniture fair contest focused on how the coffee rituals will evolve in the future.make three at once. anywhere. memory. They did this by either stimulating them or suppressing them. . The first prize winner is the “Nespresso Card” that is a personal chipcard. Fortunately. isn’t well understood at this time.99 to $89. way too hot to be easy.70 - . Of course. and I can only imagine what it must be like to suffer continuously with migraine headaches. just give the socket section a 90-degree twist to strangle-off the current. Can't agree on an ice cream flavor? No problem . applying different TMS signals to different parts of the brain. which comes with three insulated stainless steel canisters and a book of recipes. which holds coffee preferences for registered individuals. low-frequency magnetic pulses that suppress the spread of a migraine. frozen yogurt or sorbet? Make all three in just 20 minutes with the new Triple Scoop gourmet ice cream and frozen treat maker from Euro-Pro. chocolate chip or French vanilla? Ice cream. Strawberry. manufacturers keep churning out delicious new ways to feed these seasonal cravings. researchers found that they could map the different parts of the brain that deal with (or are somehow associated with) language. eh? E-rope [Engadget] Migraine Zapper I’m fortunate enough not to suffer with migraines.vampire devices quietly leaching power off the mains? No problem. and vision etc. while you're down there you could just unplug the damn thing but that's just an inconvenient truth. though exactly how.99. The hand-held migraine zapper is a gadget which produces short but strong. Using the technique of transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS. The device is a spin-off of neuroscientific studies attempting to identify functions of different parts of the brain. Source: [Coolest Gadgets] Triple Scoop It's summertime. No stirring is needed with this automatic machine. Available at national retailers and Web sites for $59.
" Regardless. a new hygiene line that includes a Topical Anesthetic Gel. Prophylaxis Paste. spending up to $240 for a single treatment. chief executive of Arizona Spa Girls. I am just seeing everything that you can possibly eat in a spa treatment. Spa owners say newly discovered healing benefits in foods like caviar." said Lisa Kasanicky. it's probably better if you just ate it." she said. vice president of communications for the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Right now. noncaloric . "Spa is becoming more and more of an everyday thing in people’s health and wellness routine. a safe. And local spagoers are eating it up." said Laura McMurchie. now you can have as many cups of hot coffee as you wish even when you are driving! Source: [Bornrich] Facials Good Enough to Eat It's the newest trend among Scottsdale spas pureed perishables used to attract upscale clientele. So. For instance. Zenith went to gourmet food industry experts to develop products with a superior taste and smell. Kolorz contains Sucralose®. The gadget fits conveniently into the centre console of a car and can also double as an armrest when you aren’t using it to make lattes. the unusual is becoming so usual at the spas that Scottsdale's Convention and Visitor's Bureau took notice and compiled a list of some of the more exotic resort spa treatments. Source: [East Valley Tribune] Dental Hygiene Zenith Dental introduces Kolorz.designed by Thijs van Cuyk and Lavrans Laading of the Netherlands. The list included everything from a coffee-grounds body wrap to a massage using warm golf balls. They are both common ingredients in facials and body scrubs. "But honestly. coffee and chocolate are helping spagoers stay young and beautiful. To develop this new product. Care has been taken to assure that these products contain no controversial sweeteners such as aspartame or saccharin. "Probably the hottest food right now is pomegranate. and Foam and Gel Fluoride.71 - . Pomegranate is the new green tea for spa treatments because of all the antioxidants. a local spa directory Web Site." Kasanicky said. But others say it's mostly hype. "People are looking for more exotic and different types of treatments. the antioxidants in fruits like pomegranates and cranberries are supposed to reduce wrinkles and improve skin.
we have the solution. a natural sweetener found in fruits and berries.zenithdental. and Xylitol. the Straight Up machine is now available in clubs. a UK company.com for more information.72 - . “We all know how frustrating the British weather can be.sweetener. Be sure to try this one. Both of these are safe for diabetics. wind and even the heat can cause perfectly styled hair to ‘frizz’ and ruin the best night or day out. The saviour of bad hair days has arrived. In order to prevent allergic reactions in patients with Celiac disease.” Source: [Trendhunter] Mobile Dentist . Source: [Dental Economics] Straight Up Hairstyling Machine Beautiful Vending. has released a hair straightener vending machine. Their site describes. so for those occasions when sleek and sexy turns to shock and horror. Order from your dealer or go to www. bars and gyms. the rain. You will be very impressed with the taste and smell of the variety of popular flavors. all Kolorz products are gluten-free.
Samantha Taube stepped out of the MGM Grand hotel and casino into the bright sun to walk to the parking lot. Whiter teeth and a thinner body to go with it? As beauty buffs raise the bar on what they see in the mirror. entered. Consumers hot on the trail of a thinner body are happy to try new therapies that don’t involve eating less or exercising more. a manufacturer of cosmetics and skin care products. Source: [IHT] Ingestible Skin Care Borba.S. After a short distance. The powder contains a cultivated bio-vitamin complex which helps the skin regenerate its natural support system. Beverly Egan. Most of the patients are employees covered by the casinos' dental insurance plans. you know what a benefit this is. too. she approached a trailer. a poker dealer at the Stardust Resort and Casino. who is not a dentist. If it was eating too much chocolate that put zits on your face. After 20 minutes. "If you know Las Vegas traffic these days. This visit took only 30 minutes. The zit-zapping confection contains Borba's "Skin Balance Clarifying AquaLess Crystalline Powder" to remove toxins and improve skin clarity. The mobile units are owned by On.T. Source: [Iconoculture] . sat in a dentist's chair and had her teeth cleaned. who trains employees in the huge casino's slot machine operations. she was back at work. are two toothpastes that claim to curb hunger cravings with herbal formulas that signal the brain that the body has eaten. She.73 - . On-Site Dental owns two trailers.rays taken before scheduled dental work. Down on the Strip. but an entrepreneur.Site Dental NV. His company's basic service combines technology. which pay up to 80 percent of the costs of most dentistry.A." said Taube. White Glo Crave Away and F. What will you tell your kids now? Source: [Strange New Products] Slimming Toothpaste Hungry? Go brush your teeth. Egan had popped in to have X. extended its line of "ingestible skin care" products with its new "Chocolate Clarifying Bar". in another mobile dental office decorated in pale blue amid menacing power drills and X-ray equipment. appreciated the convenience. sat in airconditioned comfort. now you can eat too much chocolate to take them off. "I'd have to take three hours at least if I had to drive to an office. a Las Vegas company founded seven years ago by Chris Davenport." she said. each fitted with two dental offices in which dentists and hygienists see about 1. mobility and the American reverence for saving time.000 patients every Monday through Saturday in the parking lots of 11 casinos in Las Vegas. multitasking products give them greater hope of keeping up.
for instance.toothbrushes? And not just any toothbrush. (Results of the design competition come out soon. To be ethical. in treating fractures the traditional dexterity in coaxing broken ends of bones into alignment has been successfully adopted. Before you dismiss the significance of toothbrush technology.. Some significant results have already been achieved... Tough job. Heart diseases are treated with Western drugs in combination with Chinese herbal medicine. in cancer therapy.e. unglamorous and look and smell as if it was made of sand and sawdust. the Chinese admit that this process has only just begun. and a even gravitydefying. Source: [Entrez PubMed] Ethical Beauty For those dismayed by Anita Roddick’s “sell-out” to L’Oreal and who have sworn never to darken the Body Shop’s doorstep again." Source: [Gearlog. but "toothbrush toys promoting good dental hygiene. This is the current medical trend in China. and with the real expert themselves.Toothbrush Tech Leave it to the folks at MIT to develop hightech.74 - . Ancient theories such as Fu Chen Pei Ben (to strengthen the patient's vitality) are applied. magnetic Batman Batcave to hold dental supplies.) The course worked with MIT Dental. and the results are encouraging. For instance.. . consider these findings from an MIT survey: "Toothbrush beats out car and computer as the invention Americans can't live without. it seemed. However.. Hasbro toys. and x-ray has been used to check whether there was accurate bone union. to stimulate the patient's appetite and to improve his general condition with herbs while being treated with Western anti-cancer remedies. 2nd graders at a local academy. huh? They actually came up with some really cool stuff. a toothbrush that lets you mix up your own flavors. a product had to be worthy. Entries include a brush that dispenses a sticker every time you brush well. the hunt is on for alternatives." Instructor Barry Kudrowitz's Toy Product Design course created protypes of kid-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste dispensers to get kids excited about dental hygiene. i.com] New Medical Trend in China Chinese biomedical scientists are now developing a new approach to medicine by combining traditional Chinese medicine and Western biomedical science. There was a time when “ethical beauty” was a bit of an oxymoron.
quite the contrary. or fax. It's not because they're disgusting or anything. Globetrotting executives and other busy consumers who need to keep tabs on their vital signs feel more secure leaving home with a mobile wrist-top clinic. salon or chemist near you. made by Ireland’s Telcomed. are very persuasive and descriptive when talking about their line of futuristic products including tongue cleaners. According to Welt. Crunching the numbers trumps doing crunches." Welt states emphatically like a mouth care evangelist. Today’s health-conscious consumers are as concerned with monitoring their stats as they are about long-term physical fitness. Source: [Israel21c] Wrist-top Clinic WristClinic. Consumers also can opt to have measurements transmitted continuously. "Wherever there are toothbrushes. effective and even luxurious products and most are available in a health food shop. which provides a solution for the 200 million Americans who suffer from a range of oral problems ranging from bad breath to periodontal-disease-causing bacteria. Source: [Iconoculture] . Patients activate the WristClinic at preset times. the tongue cleaner is a new design of an age-old product that provides many oral and general-health benefits. where it’s stored for later retrieval by e-mail. Web. They believe they're setting a new standard in oral care. It's just that the two founders of Israeli company VeriFresh Ltd. monitors vital signs with a wireless wrist-top device that measures everything from body temperature and blood pressure to oxygen saturation and onelead EKG. as he takes the VeriFresh tongue cleaner out of his briefcase to demonstrate.Things have changed radically (due in part to the dramatic rise of the Body Shop in the Eighties) and there are now many ranges suiting all sorts of budgets offering good quality. there's also going to be a tongue cleaner. Source: [News & Star] VeriFresh The first thing most people probably feel like doing after talking with Theodore Welt and Jonathan Weisberg is brushing their teeth and cleaning their tongues.75 - . using icons on the LCD menu to transmit data to a telemedicine call center or an automated Web-based databank. gum massagers and flossers.
Powderpuff’s girl-in-chief. She says the Powderpuff Girls offer more than just a useful hair and make-up service: it’s a whole aesthetic. who will preen your lady guests with a VIP hair and make-up session — and they do it all in the loos. “I really like your top. “We’re coming from the same place. “I love Lulu Guinness’s look.S. department stores allow more hands-on access. Sephora has staked out the middle ground. it is remarkable that cosmetics merchandising in the U. if radical. concept. It created a retail environment that invited customers to roam the store and try on different lipsticks.S. it’s a wonder that nobody thought of the Powderpuff Girls sooner. though. has remained stuck in its longstanding "look but don't touch" tradition. Both approaches leave something to be desired. On one hand.” Given our ability to turn a lavatory into a private boudoir of chat and beauty. eyeliners and blushes made by many different manufacturers. For £400. mid-evening. drug stores sell cosmetics in sealed-plastic packaging that require shoppers to buy things like lipstick without a chance to try it on. . Spotting a void in the marketplace. Three years ago Europe's leading retail beauty chain moved into the U.76 - . Alternatively. or a simple. you ’ll get women coming in who want a whole adventurous change to their look. they tend to be booked for the start of the reception so guests can have their make-up touched up before the next stage in a long day. with a simple. but only with the hovering attention of a sales person whose commission is driven by pushing a specific brand. when women looked immaculate. with a love of retro style." Source: [The Sunday Times] Radical Cosmetics For products as individual and personal as the look of your face. at weddings. the pigment in a Nars blusher. Instead of department store-type cosmetics counters that force shoppers to interact with a salesperson to sample a product.Powerpuff Make-up Artists Women have always treated the ladies like a no man’s land. a place where the barriers and bitchiness of womanhood come down and two strangers will bond over the texture of a Stila lip gloss. playing on that 1950s style. says that.” Reynolds is a ballet dancer-turned-make-up artist. you can hire in this crack team of professional make-up artists in sexy but prim Agent Provocateur-inspired uniforms. Katie Reynolds.” she says. “At late-night parties.
shoppers feel free to spend an hour or more trying out different colors and different brands until they arrive at the exact ones they like. Antin has taken water purification to the next level with the introduction of his Beauty Water™ Shower Purification System. “The biggest comment we get about the shower filter is how much softer it makes your skin and hair. cotton swabs. Source: [BusinessWeek] Pure H2O Antin has long required his model and actor clients to shower with bottled spring water the night before a photo shoot so their strands are in top condition for the next day—and free of what Antin says are the dulling and drying effects of tap water. Christian Dior. and all the more manageable. he used only deionized. David Green. and other harsh chemicals that dry out the hair. If the pill’s taken at the appointed time. So when Antin created his Jonathan Product hair care line. rendering hair soft. Strategically placed mirrors. Sephora's open.Sephora is organized around freestanding racks that feature such chic brands as Bulgari. because “people get message fatigue” Source: [Iconoculture] . Dr. Gucci.25.com] Alarm Pills As technology lets us monitor more aspects of our lives. tissues. using cellphone tech to alert patients (or their caregivers) when a prescribed dose is missed. says SIMpill’s inventor. shiny.77 - . strip the skin and hair of natural protective oils and prematurely fade hair color. Lancome and Calvin Klein.05). SIMpill notifies the patient via text message on their cell. If there’s no response. tap water is loaded with chlorine. Without the pressure of a salesperson eager to close a sale and move on to the next customer. heavy metals. astringent and makeup remover encourage sampling. packaging and bottle design.” says Antin. This breakthrough water filtration system removes these damaging elements. there’s no warning – a better system than constant alarms. Pharmacists program pill-popping times into the dispenser. Time for a pill? The SIMpill bottle takes the guesswork out of medicine schedules. Source: [Sephora. purified water to offset the dulling minerals found in tap water. an alert hits the phone of a family member or other designated caregiver (Business Day 1. According to Antin and his team of researchers. Prices usually out of sight in department stores are prominently marked. minimalist displays entice shoppers with sumptuous product colors. it can mean safer medicating and better health for forgetful patients. a revolutionary water filter for your shower—and the closest you can get to showering with pure spring water short of a trip to the Rockies. Now. and if the bottle’s opened too early or too late.
Both are multi-use outdoor living spaces. Every garden office comes complete with integral electrics and includes sockets and lighting. Source: [Springwise] Washroom Fun .Garden Offices For everyone who'd like to escape office politics and the daily commute. which creates garden offices to a customer's exact wishes. The buildings are designed to fall within UK permitted development rights. so in most cases buyers don't need planning permission. iscape manufactures and sells purpose-built garden offices.78 - . Design conscious lawn commuters might be more interested in the company's bespoke service. but the Miana was specifically designed to be used as an office. with all stages of the project undertaken and co-ordinated in-house.
adding that she hopes to hit $1 million next year. we're happy to say that it has finally arrived. said Willie Jacobs. The suspended plants derive their nutrients from the air.000 in revenues from the bowls this year.95. The bowl is angled in the bottom. and are marketed and distributed by Glori Beee's Kidz Corp. a 69-year-old retired machinist. was doodling on a napkin while rehabbing from a heart attack when he came up with the concept for a tilted soup bowl. Glori Beee's is on track to generate $250. who adds that his grandchildren love them. when you can challenge your brain with Sudoku. greens. before it was available for sale. whose parents want to avoid spills. rather than soil or water. gourmet herbs. Sudoku has jumped the shark. As the site puts it. with a patent and mold in his possession and a manufacturer under contract. AeroGrow also offers seed kits to go with the garden. the garden goes for $149. allowing the user to easily spoon from it without tilting it forward. It's also marketed for young children. including things like chili peppers.95 and the seed kits are $19. Source: [Treehugger] .” Source: [Uber-Review] Tilted Soup Bowls Willie Jacobs." for seniors and the disabled.It’s official.. With it comes your ability to grow vegetables. Why read the newspaper during your washroom visit. the company claims accelerated growth and increased yields over hydroponics and traditional outdoor gardening. you can just flush it away. The bowls are manufactured by Warren Specialty Molding in Chicago. cherry tomatoes and strawberries. the colorful. available through their website and selected retailers like Sur La Table. To the naked eye. Source: [Chicago Sun-Times] Aerogrow Here's a little something for burgeoning urban gardeners and those without green thumbs alike. the couple's upstart company. said Linda Jacobs. microwaveable and dishwasher-safe product looks like an ordinary bowl. now find their product listed in one of the largest professional rehabilitation catalogs in the country and on the shelves at local Walgreens stores. herbs and the like in your kitchen (or just about anywhere indoors) by suspending plant roots in the air. "It's a useful product. with the help of the "smart" lighting and nutrient-cycling that comes with the garden. Linda. Skeptical? They even guarantee a harvest after 28 days.79 - . Jacobs and his wife. The bowl is designed for the disabled and seniors with unsteady hands who have difficulty spooning food from regular bowls. We featured AeroGrow's aeroponics system back in the day. Seven years later. “if you make a mistake noone need know.
Faile. Choose blue. really. Rome. The molecular structure allows the chair to create multiple positions that you can’t even think off! Source: [BornRich] .Shower Curtains You like it hot.80 - . Hot and steamy. if your tastes run a little more abstract. here. or Venice. Spine-tingling. round seat is attached to a silver-painted steel base. or Christopher Makos — whom Andy Warhol once crowned the most modern photographer in America. then I bet you will be completely mesmerized with the Animi Causa’s “Feel Seating System” which can change its form according to the emotional state of the body! The Feel gathers all positions in one object. Its large. far away. Namely. this seat is made of resiliant transparent polypropylene. The feel seating system is made of 120 soft balls covered with elastic fabric. The shape of the stunning seating system is inspired by a molecular structure. Inspired by a passion for photography and art. Source: [Topdeq] Emotional Seats Want more furniture like the mood light furniture that changes colors as per your mood. maxi design fun: The Maxi Mambo gives your reception area. hang a limited-edition piece from the likes of Patrick McMullan. Mind out of the gutter. Just like our popular Mambo stool. Focus. the vinyl curtains were created to bring a little something extra to your time in la toilette. your lounge or your trade-fair booth the finishing touch. red or clear. Step behind a romantic cityscape of Paris. Source: [DailyCandy] Maxi Mambo Maxi seat pleasure. a shower behind an Izola shower curtain. please. So much so that it takes you to a place far. We’re talking about a shower. Or.
she hired an apparel company to shape the window treatments — making the corset moniker more than just a marketing ploy. creator of the high-end Devine Color brand of interior house paints. All parts are high moisture resistant.81 - .com] New Bathroom Cabinet The latest product to be rolled out in the Rifco product line is the Metro line of cabinets." Schauffler says.com. Source: [infolink. The advantage of this is that the mirror reflection is retained while the user accesses anything from within the cabinet. plans to expand her $10 million annual business by introducing a line of custom window coverings she calls corsets: valances that hug the top of window frames and transform into full-length draperies by zipping on skirts of different hues and textures. "We decided to tailor the window with color. Her approach to the product illustrates why Schauffler has transformed in a few years from stayat-home suburban mom to a businesswoman whose products have national reach. The sides of the cabinet are available in gloss. while bevelled mirrors are a stylish option.au] . To get a precise fit.Devine Color Schauffler. while the two fully adjustable wire basked shelves ensure maximum efficiency of space is achieved. Source: [USATODAY. fixed mirror. predicting this corset will liberate women who tell her they have few good choices beyond lower-end. unlined window panels and fussy fabric-store treatments that don't convey the modern look they crave. using the unique design of a side opening in which the shelves slide from behind the attached.
and at $45 is also affordable. The Daddy's Tool Bag does all these things. is the creation of Brad Habansky who was looking to create a one-stop shop where men felt comfortable. located on Halsted in Lincoln Park. and other baby skills. In the front of this swank establishment is numerous barber chairs each featuring their very own plasma television. Source: [Babygadget] SkyVentureArizona . shop and enjoy a cocktail? Well for you Chicagoans. Source: [Josh Spears] Ready Daddy As a young father. The real value comes from the included vinyl changing mat. and that he did. but that doesn't mean that we remain bumbling for the rest of our lives. car seats. and also keep us better organized without making us feel like idiots. I always enjoy when I come across products that are made for fathers. I hate the stereotype you often see on television and commercials of the bumbling dad. but the shopping at Guise is not too shabby either. Guise.82 - . The main draw for me is the comfort of being able to get a good haircut (*cough* and manicure) and not have to worry about looking to prissy in front of your female counterparts. manly look. as well as a video that gives good step-by-step instructions on things such as bottles. Does it take us a touch longer to pick up some skills when it comes to child-rearing? Sure. The bag has a nice. and includes all the pockets and flaps you'd expect from a good diaper bag. diapering. a shave. this might just be your lucky day.One Stop Cut Would you believe me if I were to tell you there was a place where one could get a haircut.
or both. then it will replace all of our bedside digital clocks with a stripped-down computer stuffed in a cuddly exterior case. two USB ports.Catering to those thrill seekers with an aversion to heights. Apparently the Chumby is designed to be a little hackable nugget that will play Flash applications (known in Chumby-speak as "widgets") that can do various other things like (you guessed it): play music. and potential “jumpers” need only a 20 minute training to participate. Source: [Engadget] Armed Ladies A unique artistic fusion of two genders . maker of this rugby ball-sized computer by the same name.feminine embellishments to the masculine weapons! Antonio Riello has spruced up of real military weapons into fashion items for ladies. SkyVenture has facilities all over the country and around the world. has its way. 320 x 240 3-inch screen. airplanes. with wind speeds of 150 mph to simulate a free falling experience. SkyVenture boasts a true skydiving experience – without going outside. and display your photos. the Arizona location features a vertical wind tunnel 14 feet in diameter and 15 feet long. and WiFi.83 - . Ladies . check your RSS feeds. No prior skydiving is necessary. 64MB Flash RAM. Inside this little furball is a 266 MHz CPU. 32MB SDRAM. 2W speakers. Source: [TrendCentral] Chumby If Chumby. so now there’s no excuse not to jump. For interested flyers not located in the Eloy area. Resembling a space station smack in the middle of a desert landscape.
the antidote to urban overload is more of the same. Kinko's and youth hostel. video games and every other entertainment of the electronic age. The first Gran Cyber Café opened in 1999. An inspired extension of the basic Internet cafe. Today there are 10.000 people a day. Each has a slightly different orientation — some are geared to teenagers. Using leopard skins. though. and at times all city dwellers have to take their leave. Situated well above retail level. these establishments contain row after row of anonymous cubicles.Weapons are born from the most outstanding contemporary Italian features: the obsession for personal security and the passion for elegance and fashion. brightly lacquered colors.84 - . some to salarymen — but the atmosphere is the same throughout the franchise: equal parts lending library. serving some 5. In the world's most media-saturated city. newsstand. Source: [LuxuryLaunches. Antonio creates a range of specialized items for wives of mafia bosses. as if by a trick of their trademark low light. At first glance the spread looks officelike.com] Media Immersion All cities takes a toll. but be warned: these places are drug dens for Internet addicts. sophisticated ladies and exigent soldiers. people can head to the baths. The Bagus Gran Cyber Cafés are Tokyo's grand temples of infomania. When life in Istanbul gets too stressful. In Tokyo. Contemporary military weaponry is restyled by the artist as high fashion accessories for sophisticated ladies. In Rio there's the beach. the Gran Cyber Cafés shift their meaning the more you study them. TV's. arms dealers. people take a break by checking themselves into media immersion pods: warrens cluttered with computers. arcade. inset jewels and fake furs. Source: [The New York Times] Butterfly from American Express . on the odd floor number where in Manhattan you might find tarot readers or nail salons.
Source: [PORTALINO] Pampered Doggies Would you make any much-loved family member sleep on the floor on a lumpy pillow? That’s the logic driving a new generation of high-end dog beds that feature not only frames.85 - . Source: [American Express] Luxury Bed + TV What could be better than watching TV in bed? How about watching TV in bed on a TV that’s built into the bed? Using a wireless remote. as it usually is with cool products. It is a stylish new companion exclusively for American Express® Gold Card members. Also built into the bed. is the price. but luxe mattresses and decorator themes befitting not a doghouse. The only downside. We don’t think many people would buy a bed that’s worth more than their cars. $25. Even though it has a different Card number. The Butterfly card works interchangeably with your traditional American Express® Gold Card. but . The TV is only 22”.AMEX has introduced the the new Butterfly card.900 for this bed. it’s linked to your regular Card account with all the same benefits and services. but it should be large enough since it’s so close to you. an electronic leveling system. you can activate the TV that rises out of the foot of the bed like a display-screen in some James Bond villain’s hideout.
entire floors. with a good night’s sleep on the radar for human health. beef. It’s fun and definitely not for the minimal-lovin faint hearted. we're committed to producing the highest quality product we possibly can for dogs to enjoy. UK. The Original K9 Vita Water can be enjoyed in four of the flavors dogs enjoy most: chicken. It is available at http://www. K9 Water Co. The Original K9 Vita Water(tm) is fortified with vitamins such as A. Inc.provide sufficient hydration and essential nutrients with The Original K9 Vita Water. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Drinks for Dogs Vitamin fortified." says Magier." says Magier.the room of a pampered child. C and manganese. The idea is to give guests a completely different experience to the guest next door. Gutter Water and Toilet Water. human grade vitamins and no artificial colors. liver and lamb. how could Fido’s sweet dreams be far behind? Source: Iconoculture Art Hotels The trend in hotels with themed rooms seems to be spreading like a rash. From the Asian-themed Saigon Day Bed Frame ($300) and Pampered Puppy’s “Furari” dog bed ($250) to SSS Petcare’s wrought-iron frame ($127-$163) and pillow-topped mattress ($250-$420).86 - . recyclable bottles.com. 1/2 liter. "Each variety is specifically formulated to provide your dog with essential vitamins that contribute to overall good health while providing the hydration that dogs need. Inc. which can make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a fantastical abstract painting. "Dogs are raving that it's REBARKABLY REFRESHING!" Magier says. Hose Water. B.. Berlin." He says it is a tasty alternative to pills and chalky powders. with hotels in Denmark. and conveniently packaged in colorful. believe that one of the best things you can do for your dog's health is also one of the easiest -. The founders of K9 Water Co. flavored bottled water specifically formulated for dogs has been introduced under the titles of Puddle Water. according to Don Magier.k9waterco. . "As animal lovers and pooch parents ourselves. Paris & Madrid. or in the case of the Madrid hotel. We use only purified water. and can also help maintain consistent energy levels and production of collagen. or check with your local pet store. Each of the 30 rooms has been created by a different designer or artist in everything from stylish deco style right through to crazy kitsch.” Then again. Magier calls it "a delicious treat that can help maintain healthy skin and coat. CEO. The clever concept sees different artists and designers commissioned to fit out each room. there’s nothing about these canine crash pads that says “dog’s life. The latest hotel to join in the trend is the Reflections hotel in Bangkok. Our formula is the result of tests conducted by an independent veterinary nutritionist to ensure daily consumption levels are safe and accurate.
You can choose the speed it rotates. trendy and troubled teenagers. respiratory. Source: Petgadgets. and muscular strength systems. The twentynine core muscles are crucial for improving athletic performance as well as for performing everyday activities. For more innovative and high tech pet products. explore petgadgets. muscular endurance. agility. .87 - . just like any other home. and the harder you work out. No longer will you need to decide which rooms will have a great view and which rooms will have minimal view or no view at all . The faster you move. and strengthening of the core muscles.com Wind Workout Windjector from Dosho Design uses air resistance to provide a cardio workout. we recommend a variable speed from one revolution in 30 minutes to one revolution in 24 hours.the RotatingHome allows you to see your entire view from all the major rooms in your home! If you prefer to enjoy your view in the open air. Windjector use of air resistance allows each individual to work out at his own pace. the more resistance you encounter. Windjector provides training for the cardiovascular. Source: [Yenra] Homes That Rotate Perfect for entertaining and personal enjoyment a RotatingHome may be just right for you. stretching. This workout helps improve flexibility. and mobility. The whole family of toys contains an ultrasonic squeaker that emits sound in a range above the hearing of humans but just right for playful dogs! Introduce your dog to the silent but spunky Sonik toy family: Proud parents SubSonik and SuperSonik. UltraSonik and HyperSonik. The structure can turn a 100 times in one direction or a 1.Source: [K9 Water Co] Silent Squeak The Soniks have arrived to revolutionize the squeaky dog toy forever with their exclusive "Silent Squeak" technology only dogs can hear. A RotatingHome can be built in any size or shape with all or part of the home turning and it can have any number of stories with one or all rotating. This is all made possible by the truly unique and patented SWIVEL at the heart of the home.000 in the other or stop in any position while always being connected to all utilities. and the trusted family pets Woofer and Tweeter. a rotating deck can surround the entire circumference or just part of your home.com.
Hit. Cardio Tennis. For others. a national program being offered at a variety of venues in the Washington area. With only one fully Rotating Home that meets 21st century building codes currently in existence. whack ball into net.A rotating home is perfect for an upscale beach house or large mountain cabin or even in areas prone to storm surges! Steep mountain terrain is not a problem as the RotatingHome can be built up on a central steel column. Armed with a racquet.com] Vacation Homes . On an indoor court at Sport Fit Bowie in Bowie. even social. the uniqueness and technology are unprecedented! Source: [RotatingHome. I showed up to give it a try.88 - . hail taxi to retrieve errant shot. a watch and my well-honed ability to count heart beats via my carotid artery. run. yes. return.com] The AeroPress Coffee Machine You’d think we would have already perfected the best way to produce a cup of coffee from coffee beans. stop. but several years of research by Stanford University mechanical engineering lecturer Alan Adler (the inventor of the Aerobie flying disk which holds the world throwing record of more than a quarter mile) appear to have found a better coffee machine. instructor Kevin McClure starts me and four other participants with warm-up footwork moves followed by a repeating drill in which we hustle from one spot to another. richest. But not a heart-rate booster. squaring up to imaginary balls and swinging imaginary racquets. No unforced errors! Source: [WashingtonPost. stop. It's billed as similar to an interval workout. culminating in a phantom overhead slam down a nonexistent opponent's throat. curse. seeks to change that. Source: [Gizmag] Cardio Tennis Tennis can be a great workout if you have skilled. Independent reviews suggest the new Aerobie AeroPress delivers the smoothest. Entertaining. sprinkled with cuss-muttering frustration: hit. competitively matched partners playing singles. the game is more stop than go. The workout runs participants around the court urgently enough to keep their heart rates in the cardio-training zone (65 to 85 percent of maximum heart rate) while helping improve tennis skills. re-return(!). purest and fastest cup of coffee (under 30 seconds) you’re likely to find and the bonus is that the AeroPress costs just US$30. etc.
While the hotel operator doesn't guarantee the rental of the unit. near popular theme parks or attractions. business centers and fine-dining restaurants. While developers primarily sell their condo hotel units as a lifestyle and vacation home alternative. How are the ownership expenses split? As part of the rental agreement. Ritz-Carlton. The condo hotel owner typically pays for real estate taxes.Many people dream of owning a vacation home. Condo hotels enable you to own a luxury vacation home at a world-class resort and receive rent revenue whenever you're not using it. by capitalizing on the hotel's brand name. in some cases. The rental revenue that owners receive helps defray these expenses and. Hilton. with the balance going to the hotel operator. as the hotel operator takes care of renting and maintaining the unit as well as managing the property’s many amenities. Now comes along condo hotels. More importantly. They can enjoy all of the amenities of vacationing in a firstclass resort while having ownership of a real estate investment that has potential to appreciate. You receive 40%-60% of the revenue your unit generates (it varies by property). you have the option of placing it into the hotel's rental program. centralized reservation system and management expertise. But often concerns about maintaining it. national affiliations. big league advertising. many buyers see merit in the condo hotel concept as an investment tool. Condo hotels are operated by big-brand management companies such as Hyatt. the hotel pays for most operating expenses such as housekeeping. insurance and capital improvements. Typically they are high-rise luxury hotels located on prime land overlooking the ocean or a golf course. Sonesta. They are beautifully furnished condominium suites in some of the most prestigious hotels and resorts around the country. ownership is 100 percent hassle-free. administrative and marketing. They say it gives them the best of both worlds. provides additional income. renting it out in the off-season. unit owners typically receive a higher level of rental income than they would from a traditional vacation home. Trump and Rosewood.89 - . Source: [Condo Hotel Center] . or even justifying the expense when it’s only to be used for a couple weeks of the year keep people from making the dream a reality. a new type of vacation home ownership that provides solutions to all these problems.or five-star amenities ranging from full-service spas and fitness centers to concierge services. When you’re not using your condo hotel unit. Here’s what makes the condo hotel concept so appealing. Starwood.000 to over $1 million for top properties. or in the heart of a booming downtown. So how do condo hotels differ from owning a traditional vacation apartment or condominium? First of all. these are not your typical second homes. Prices for condo hotel units range from $250. The properties often feature four.
Source: [Caffeine Marketing] Funeral Marketing Marketing Magazine: Shakespeare in the Park plays.90 - . it's all part of bringing life to an industry long known for its deadly dull marketing. The latest ad stunt for the movie “Du och Jag (you & I)” involved spreading wallets in the streets of Stockholm. You might pick it up because you’re a good Samaritan or you just want to see if there’s are cash in there for the taking. and Malmo which have fake ID’s for the movie’s star Niklas Anderssason. there are 11 different workouts ranging from iStretch to iSculpt Ballet. bird watching. defenitely unique." .iTrain: Your Personal MP3 Trainer If you’ve exhausted your Awesome Workout Mix and can’t seem to find the right motivational soundtrack to hit your stride on the treadmill. but you also won’t have an excuse to not work out when you’re away on vacation. tree hugging. these exercise MP3 downloads may be just the thing. historical walking tours. Source: [TrendCentral] Lost and Found A lost wallet is something you almost instantly pick up and examine if encountered on the street. I have to say the idea is clever. Designed by yoga/Pilates guru Grace Lazenby along with a team of Hollywood personal trainers. Each one is a personal training session/soundtrack that you can purchase and store on your MP3 player. and a good way of trickpromotion someone without making them upset. on Montreal's Mount Royal. You won’t have anyone to serve as your therapist or to yell at when you feel like you’re about to break. Gothenburg. jogging and picnics are not the first things that spring to mind when you think of cemeteries and funerals. which found the single biggest thing consumers want from the funeral/ cemetery industry is information. But for Mount Royal Commemorative Services. Armed with research by Pollara. gospel concerts. "we decided to (use) our marketing efforts to say we're committed to educating Montrealers and consumers about the funeral and cemetery profession.
graffiti-style. cell phone maker Nokia Corp. In Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood. hand-size gadget. One licks his like a lollipop. What looks like artful vandalism. "DZP's insights and creative solutions have resulted in a comprehensive. enabling us to invest in the new DZP campaign which educates consumers about the nutrition advantage of our great-tasting Atkins Advantage bars and shakes. The trend makes some artists squeamish even as others start marketing firms or open galleries." said Neumann. In major cities such as San Francisco. comic-book rendering. high protein." said Neumann. Nike Inc. a device that can play games. Time magazine and even stodgy International Business Machines Corp. though. integrated campaign that clearly positions Atkins Advantage nutrition bars and shakes. and no trans fats. we feel Atkins Advantage provides exactly what they are looking for: better taste and better nutrition versus the competition. portrayed in a stylized." Thompson. Wide-eyed kids. minerals. who worked in sales in the Montreal radio business for 17 years and had a brief stint in 1996 as vice-president. "Today's consumers are better educated about nutrition than ever before. Source: [Marketing Magazine] Compelling Ad ANI has appointed DZP Marketing Communications to lead the strategic development and repositioning of Atkins Advantage. "Our new management has streamlined operations and built a foundation for strong financial performance. Another is playing paddleball with the thing.." Source: [Yenra] Graffiti Ads The images are painted directly onto building walls in urban areas. DZP has designed a new national print campaign designed to articulate the Atkins Advantage: a unique nutrition advantage versus the competition: high fiber. came to Mount Royal to set up its sales and marketing division. low sugar. and the images have become a familiar sight. pose with a mysterious. director of marketing for the non-profit cemetery and funeral complex. Miami and New York. sales and marketing of the Montreal Alouettes.91 - . is really part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Sony's PlayStation Portable. Sony has paid building owners to use wall space for the campaign. It's the latest effort by a big corporation to capitalize on the hot world of street art to reach an urban market that has learned to tune out traditional advertising. are among the growing list of companies that have dabbled in street art to get their marketing messages out. music and movies. used sidewalk .says Tim Thompson. "We took the approach of trying to demystify the business. vitamins.
"Love*.92 - .EU.I. and Sirius is still continuing to spread their innovation wings. based on real citizen journalism concept. Source: [IHT] Liquid Mag Step into liquid. A different listener will take the reins every week. Now.com] Eupinion The Eupinion (EUrope oPINION) is the innovated and unique newspaper (digital media concept software). who writes romantic novels popular with women in their 20s and 30s. Advertisers use our advertising program to promote their products and services with direct targeted advertising. this is way better. Naito's 2004 novel "Love Link" recorded 1. We are based in Slovenia -. but our services are available to news publishers and writers worldwide. Source: [Marketer Media] Your Own Radio Station Commuters and road trippers already know that satellite radio makes gridlock more tolerable. According to Shinchosha. If you’re still bummed that the local radio station failed to play your request for the Top 5 at 9 back in 5th grade (not that we’re bitter or anything). cellphone users are gravitating to authors like Mika Naito. Imbibe magazine covers everything from cocktails to wine to beer to juice to coffee to tea. Radio invites listeners to create and host their own customized national radio show — uncensored and commercial-free. Another of her novels.chalk drawings to promote its N-Gage. The motto: All that's fit to drink. Marketer Media generates revenue by providing advertisers with the opportunity to deliver measurable. D. cost-effective advertising that is based on new D2D or D2C concepts. sports etc). Publishers like Shinchosha and Kodansha and their distribution partner have been bolstering readership for novels and comics on cellphones.5 million paid accesses over a six. business.Y. The main goal is to build a community of top columnists.month period in which it was serially distributed. a cell phone aimed at gamers. . As a business. Their latest development. when it launched the product in 2003. writing on any global issue (politics." posted free on a mobile Web site. cellphones have become a tool for writing and reading e-mail messages. Source: [TrendCentral] Novels for Cellphones In Japan. received 14 million accesses over six months. Source: [BizReport. fashion and trends. publishers in Japan want mobile subscribers to read more than simple text messages.
which allows data to be embedded directly into color print photographs.) Portuguese. Spanish. The m300 will be available worldwide in time for Christmas. your brain probably remembered Samsung's prototype cellphone watch instead which was never released commercially. Once encoded. To use FP code. the code is sent to a server where it is converted into URL data. so you can pre-order yours today. you’ll find that you’ve picked up some useful lingo. (Chinese is offered only on CD.The premiere issue of the bimonthly publication features hot chocolate and mezcal in Oaxaca. when the camera is used to take a picture of an encoded photograph. Italian. Source: [DailyCandy] Cellphone Watch Just in case the m300 looks familiar.) But you can use Earworms to get them out — and learn quelque chose while you’re at it. volume two of all of the languages will be released. called FP (Fine Picture) code. Greek. b) Who let the dogs out? c) You oughtta know. Trappist ales and organic wines. users must first download special free software to their camera-equipped phone. Earworms Musical Brain Trainers layer basic foreign words and phrases over pleasant instrumental tracks. and French. with features that range from USB and Bluetooth connectivity to a 99 phone number book. A. Source: [Iconoculture] Foreign Tunes DailyCandy: Q. Download 75-minute lessons in German. which is used to . What do the following lyrics have in common? a) I would walk 500 miles. great hotel bars around the country. By July. There’s a really good chance they are now going to be stuck in your head all day. Then. a photograph can retain its original quality while serving as an “object hyperlink” to websites that users can access via mobile phone.93 - . A handy guide to every imbibing opportunity will whet whistles through inspiration and empowerment. Fujitsu unveiled a new type of “invisible” barcode. After listening to the songs a few times. Arabic. and Russian are coming soon. The m300 GSM cellphone watch is the first one out in the market. FP code consists of a series of faint yellow lines — said to be invisible to the naked eye — which are overlaid on the photograph during the printing process. Battery life is not too shabby with a 70 hour standby time. (Sorry. Japanese. Like a catchy tune that you just can’t shake. Source: [UberPhones] The Invisible Code On September 13.
The clarity depends.connect the user’s mobile phone to the corresponding website. Cingular is using innovative new technology that lets its customers dial a number that connects them to a live feed of the Stones rocking the Stade de France. the line of products that made Motorola's mark on the map so explosive. But the call isn't to some Stones groupie holding up a phone from the bleachers.com. they get an automated call on their mobile phone letting them know the concert is starting. which developed the listen-live technology Cingular is using. That's it. in part. Motorola wants you to be able to customize you super sleek phone even more. Ami James. on the quality of your phone's speakers." says Anthony Macaluso. A buck ninety-nine gets you seven minutes of Jagger & Co. If you miss the call. founder of Single Touch Interactive. to create new versions of the RAZR that will have laser-etched images from James embedded onto the outside casing of the phone. in Paris. So. When the concert is about to begin. the RAZR has become available in all sorts of different colors. Source: [BusinessWeek] Tattooed Handphones When you talk about mid. This connection goes straight to the band's mixing board. Text. You can also register on the Web at www.listenlivenow. But now. "the sound quality is superior. it's tough not to mention the RAZR name. With its popularity. if you're a Cingular Wireless subscriber. even pink.94 - . Source: [I4U News] . Motorola has teamed up with tattoo artist extraordinaire. Here's how it works: Interested users register for the concert ahead of time by pressing pound (#) and 106. then hitting the send button as if they were making a call. Callers then confirm that they want the service. you can dial pound 106 and tap right into the concert. you don't have to. Source: [Pink Tentacle] Mobile Concert Are you going to miss the Rolling Stones playing Paris on July 28? Well.and high-end mobile phones these days. video and audio content can then be delivered directly to the user’s phone.
or another ring tone in that same high-frequency range. And the company that brought the Mosquito to market -. said Simon Morris.would act as a teen repellent. freeing them up to go about their day rather than forcing them to stay home to manage the process. marketing and commercial director for Compound Security.is being barraged by a new market of companies wanting to sell a line of subversive ring tones. Microsoft. Hewlett Packard. the Mosquito sound system was supposed to be the sonic equivalent of a "no loitering" sign.which many adults can't hear but most young people can -.com] Nu Mobile . Now. The technology lets consumers manage the laundry process from remote locations such as a grocery store or soccer game. we really didn't think anybody would be interested in ring tones" in the same frequency. Source: [WashingtonPost. called "Laundry Time. allows them to hear their cellphones ring when their parents and teachers (mostly) cannot. Laundry Time is built around a connected laundry solution that links a washer and dryer to a home network and sends text messages about the laundry's progress to a computer. monitored and controled from computers and cell phones.95 - . TV and/or cell phone.Laundry Time Whirlpool today began testing "smart" washing machines and dryers. who has been fielding hundreds of calls from companies and journalists around the world since the annoying ring tone became popular. teens are staging a worldwide rebellion: Downloading the sound. Panasonic and Procter & Gamble. high-pitched sound -." is part of an open collaboration involving Whirlpool Corporation. The pilot project. Source: [Mobiledia] Repellent Ringtone When it came out in Britain in December. Its annoying. "When we brought out the teenager repellent to market. of Britain -. To be conducted in Atlanta homes between today and early September.Compound Security Systems Ltd.
from the QR Code and the humble 2D DataMatrix to Tagit’s own proprietary Tagit. and of course. marks a big step in further bridging the worlds of electronic commerce and brick-and-mortar stores. such as compact discs.com] Mobile Commerce from PayPal The move by PayPal. videos.'s 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Viacom Inc. Source: [TrendCentral] Tag it and Share! Codes for consumers. make a little cash on the side too.myNuMo is a new teen-oriented. all you need to do is to create a KoolTag on this site. not producers. but in an open source. or if you want to share a private video clip with your friends. myNuMo could eventually become a valuable source for young music and art creatives to gain exposure." PayPal's chief Executive Jeff Jordan said as he introduced the service in a keynote speech at the CTIA wireless show. PayPal Mobile lets consumers instantly buy goods and services. by sending product codes via text message. All that's needed is a cameraphone to capture the KoolTag which lets you see the private content. by giving consumers a pay option via telephone. what about codes by consumers? Check out Singapore based Tagit. online community with a similar model for user-created mobile phone content.. and the NBA Store for its Text to Buy service. print it out.com] . meaning that all types of digitized codes. DVDs and apparel. wallpapers. Source: [BizReport.Code can be decoded. CUSTOMER MADE world. Although it’s in the beta testing stage right now. If you want your girlfriend to see a special secret image.96 - . is one thing. But that's not all: the DIY side of the business is Tagit’s KoolTag: “You can create a KoolTag for any message you want to communicate to your friends. KoolTag is free!” Source: [Trendwatching. "The promise of mobile commerce has never been stronger. PayPal signed up News Corp. email it or just stick it on a t-shirt to attract attention. The site offers users the tools to create and publish ringtones.'s MTV. Members can then profit from their creations by uploading them to their own custom webpage within the site where they can then sell them by using a text-message ‘shortcode’. a unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc. who have developed a universal decoding engine which runs on an open platform. NBC Universal's Bravo. Jordan cited the popularity of online payments and the prevalence of mobile phones as reasons why consumers are more open to making payments using their cellphone than eight years ago when PayPal first tried offering a mobile payment service. promote themselves and hopefully.
too. "Everyone has a right to their privacy. But inside the three-room. and required discussion of bills with parents.No Spying Espionage agents.97 - . And quiet. his long hair tied in a low ponytail. Cell-Phones-n-Plans offers teens hankering for cellphones a way to show parents they’re serious about cellular responsibilities. "We felt that there is too much phone tapping going on in this country. Parents aren’t pushovers. It's no secret that text messaging is on the rise. paranoid conspiracy theorists and others prizing their privacy have cause to thank Marian Kechlibar. even mobile phone operators — can read them. wood-paneled Prague 8 headquarters of CircleTech. phone etiquette. . 31. or SMS. The free program includes prewritten e-mails teens can send to parents explaining that they understand cell responsibilities and a teen/parent contract stipulating things like allowed monthly minutes. and his friend Jiří Šatánek. Sixty percent of those who sent text messages have sent one to tell someone they love them or miss them. and they hope to release it next summer. secret service. Speaking in low. is one of the first of its kind that can be installed into most cell phones. Šatánek is there. 27. In fact. Teens who honestly show willingness to shoulder responsibility for actions and bills stand a better chance of winning parents’ cellular rewards. a company that creates mobile phone software. both men sound excited in their own restrained ways. polite tones. Kechlibar. have devised a new program that codes text." Outside it's a cold Karlín evening. it's warm and cozy. according to the first annual T9 Texting Outlook Survey. The two are working on a version that codes regular cell phone conversations as well. reclines in a mustard-colored plush armchair. but Captain Mom still exerts some control. while also picking up money-management skills. Teens have purchasing power. Source: [The Prague Post Online] Cellphone Responsibility Through its Off the Hook program. appropriately named SMS 007. Source: [Iconoculture] SMS and Date Predictive text software developer Tegic and love author John Gray offer the top-ten tips to help ensure a successful union of texting and dating in 2006. even texting to share amorous thoughts is on the upswing. Their program. Include parents in the picture when targeting teens to reach both decision makers. messages so that no third party — police." says Šatánek. Kechlibar.
Downloads of screen images and ringtones continue to dominate cellphone showcases. Source: [Yenra] Scented Phones Your phone is reeking. And Valentine can be reached in only nine steps. or text message.98 - . Xavel's site shows it knows who its customers are. has a client base marketing gurus dream about. not a conventional outlet."Sending a text is a great way to get to know someone better and to let them know you are thinking of them. Japan’s Keitai KunKun smelltones release subtle (yet unmistakable) aromas like Berry and Wild Nature. The smelly celly accessories are triggered by the signal of an incoming call. When they're done shopping. The Tokyo-based fashion retailer operates a cellphone shopping site. Source: [ChannelNewsAsia. it is helping to create a new industry. This kind of word-of-mouth advertising is not only ringing up profits for Xavel. Gray. T9 predictive text software anticipates the word that a user is entering as they press a key just once for each letter. e-mail. For example. Curry. It is sprinkled with whimsical pictures and symbols.com] . Text messages are an informal and fun way of communicating. Young women are leading the charge into mobile shopping. and English Tea with every ring. Keitai KunKun isn’t the only tech company following its nose: Singapore’s Nice Smell Kaori-chan Perfume Straps for cellphones emit sweet (and savory) scents like Jasmine. It means the referred customer can be making the same purchase within minutes. 50 percent more than in the previous year. There’s even a special blend for Hello Kitty. Net effect: Projected sales of between 7 billion and 8 billion yen for the year through September from its mail-order operations. Annual sales from mobile shopping are nearing 1 trillion yen in Japan. keying love requires just four keystrokes (5-6-8-3) instead of eleven when tapping out letters individually. Source: [Iconoculture] Mobile Boutiques Xavel Inc. But fashion and other conventional retail ware are starting to get cyber shelf space." said Dr. customers are in the habit of e-mailing their friends to pass on a recommendation.
and then mixing and suspending these tiny particles into a can of paint. a comprehensive historical database. mobile electronics embedded in clothing and in the . 7 at the Technology Association of Georgia's annual summit in Smyrna. and electronic trade execution into a simple addin that becomes part of the Excel tool bar. NaturalNano’s idea is to completely block cellphone signals with this paint. Using this system. thanks to breakthrough advances in artificial intelligence. announced today it will launch its flagship product. Spooz will publish its e-commerce website. It’s done by blending particles of copper that are inserted into nanotubes.com. While jamming of cellphone signals has been ruled illegal by the FCC. www. a publicly traded company based in Chicago. Nanobots also will be able to make us smarter too. the Company's flagship products. a theater owner could allow cellphone signals before the show or during an intermission. add built-in trading capabilities to the popular Microsoft(R) Excel software application. sensory and cognitive abilities. charts. SpoozToolz(TM) and its modules. Source: [dBusinessNews] Cellphones-free Paint NaturalNano has used nanotechnology to develop a type of paint that stops cellphone signals. provides a suite of solutions designed to simplify financial trading for traders and hedgers alike. which is exactly what NaturalNano’s paint does. At the same time. predicts scientists by 2029 will have created "nanobots" capable of repairing the human body from within and immersing the five senses in full virtual reality environments. streaming quotes. Inc.SpoozToolz Spooz. Kurzweil. but completely block them during the movie. earlier in the afternoon. he predicts: improving memory. Just around the corner -. technical analysis. Source: [Gizmodo] Big Nano Future In 2029. Inc.people will have fast Internet connections at all times in all places thanks to advances in small.in 2009 -. at 4:00 PM CST.. author of "The Age of Spiritual Machines" and inventor of the speech-to-text synthesizer. combining a customizable interface. and then provide a radio filtering device that will allow wireless signals to pass through only when they’re appropriate. SpoozToolz(TM). As pre-cursor to the product launch. people and computers will be "intimately connected" in profound ways.spooztoolz. that theater owner could still allow emergency radio communications to get through. who spoke Feb.99 - . nanotechnology and a soon-to-be-acquired knowledge of the human brain. Spooz. That's according to futurist Ray Kurzweil. it’s not a crime to passively prevent signals from passing through.
Members simply log on to Ecomiles's e-commerce portal. a rewards program where the points translate into charitable donations. Ecomiles even sends users regular updates to let them track the progress of their pet projects. Source: [TrendCentral] Ecomiles Airline miles are nice. brides are the latest consumer group to go socially conscious. who can distribute their contributions among the different charities however they choose. "We essentially wanted to establish a global development currency. young couples are opting for ethical “conflict free” rings. Helping people make a difference For-profit Ecomiles was founded in 2004 by a South African entrepreneur named Gustav Erlank and the VC firm Madagascar Development Partners. as visiting a Web site will become a mobile. eBay (Charts). Hotwire." he said." says Marcus Courage. "Computers will disappear. a corporate citizenship consultancy. Source: [Atlanta Business Chronicle] Ethical Rings A growing trend in the UK. Becoming the ultimate marriage status symbol. virtual reality experience and "displays will be written directly on our retinas" from eyeglasses and contact lenses. and more than 800 other sites that award ecomiles for purchases. the company only works with small scale mining communities like Oro Verde where human rights and fair labor standards are carefully monitored. but wouldn't you feel better about splurging on a new flat-panel TV if you were helping to save endangered species? That's the idea behind Ecomiles. the startup generates revenue by taking a small percentage of each transaction and selling advertising on its website. Ecomiles's chief marketing officer and the managing director of Africapractice. Sierra Leone.0] . There is even a rumor that fashion designer Katherine Hamnett is launching an ethical engagement ring. Many brides-to-be don’t want to shatter their fantasy diamond with the reality that the diamond industry is often linked to funding civil war and child soldiers in African countries such as Angola.environment. which members can contribute to any of 12 charities. UK jewelry company Cred is committed to providing a fair trade alternative for conscious couples. Though not yet profitable.000 members. Ecomiles works with the United Nations Development Program to pinpoint charitable groups and projects in need of funding.100 - . The company now has nearly 10. including the World Wildlife Fund and economic development groups such as SOS Children's Villages. The miles are redeemed for dollars. Source: [Business 2. which links up with Barnes & Noble (Charts). and Congo. Thus.
bloggers and podcasters now have the chance to engage in direct discourse with their devoted readers and/or listeners—this time. Islandoo: The concept behind this site is to find candidates for the UK reality TV show Shipwrecked (similar to Survivor). Users of this temporary site create a profile with photo and video and can then opt to become a fan of other users. Veeker is a free video messaging service that enables a camera phone owner to shoot video and instantly share it with friends. Source: [TrendCentral] Blog Radio Show Taking heated comment section feuds (when readers pick fights with bloggers and other readers in a blog’s comment section) even further. Often described as “podcasting 2. Source: [TrendCentral] Temp Social Networks From giants MySpace and Facebook to niche sites Sneakerplay and SportsMates.000 daily page views. the site garnered 800. it seems almost every group has a place to connect online. where. The profiles that attract the most fans score an audition for the show." a site called BlogTalkRadio enables registered users to schedule show times and receive callers through an assigned phone number. foregoing the more traditional broadcasting routes that required radio stations and producers.101 - . And it's generating serious buzz—just two weeks after its launch. Adding a new twist to the basic social networking platform are the following temporary sites.0. via live listener call-in segments. Source: [TrendCentral] . which utilize user profiles as a basis for stardom and give members the power to decide who they want to see on the big screen. The “Veeks” or “video peeks” can also be viewed in other blogging and social networking sites that accept embed codes. Videos are sent directly to the Veeker site. similar to Flickr.Veeker Video Peeks You may soon hear people saying "VM me" rather than "IM me". the creator can opt to keep it private or to share with the Veeker community.
and share it via email and/or RSS feed. he figured there was no better time to launch his business. He says eight or nine out of 10 people gave him positive feedback on the idea. The person puts the sticker on their car's bumper. you can participate in the scrapblog competition and win a digital camera. "It took me about a week to put the two together. It's the usual boy meets girl. You can choose to make your scrapblog public or private. And last but not least. The intuitive drag and drop functionality allows you to add pictures. you can print it. text. LBI (Long Beach Island). girl drives away and he never even gets her number story." he says. tourist secret code: OBX (Outer Banks. and once it’s finished. "And the light turned green. He never saw her again. Source: [Philadelphia Weekly Online] Scrapblogging Scrapblog is a Flash application that allows you to create digital scrapbooks.com. And one warm summer day in 2004 he pulled his Mercedes up to a light in the western suburbs and began chatting with a cute girl in a Jaguar next to him. The light turned green. The premise is simple." Instead of chalking up the experience to a missed opportunity and moving on. And after debt from a divorce forced him to file for bankruptcy last September. burn in onto a DVD.C. He developed FlirtingInTraffic.S. A user signs up and gets a sticker in the mail. video and audio onto a background (which is also editable). Source: [Popgadget] . even Wildwood). "It was a great little talk.Drivers' Romance Philips switched from a 9-to-5 job to one as an independent consultant building intranet infrastructure for pharmaceutical companies. Philips decided to do something about it. adapted as U.). and I never saw her again. "I thought. You can also rate and post comments to other people’s scrapblogs and easily embed them onto your own blog." Philips says.102 - . WW (yes. boy likes girl. 'What if I put a number on a sticker and put it on cars?'" Philips bounced the idea off a few friends and a few strangers in bars. Not convinced yet? Just take a look at the scrapblog tour on the site. He merged two of the biggest automotive fads of recent years: flirting (always a fan favorite) and those oval stickers from European license plates. or export it as a photoset to Flickr. and waits for the emails to roll in from interested potential dates encountered in traffic. She drove away. I didn't want to follow her and do any kind of stalker thing. N.
I knew that was it. They're able to exchange virtual notes. That same year. Groups can be formed for club teams. 225 employees and 2006 projected sales of $18 million. who attends school in Eastchester. "I'm confident in that. pass him by." . a suburb just north of New York City. which lets members add court locations. but he repeatedly saw opportunities. vote for the most likely to succeed and take part in other yearbook traditions. too. 'I'm going to get on the front end of one of these market waves. schedule events and read the latest tennis news.'" says Weber. Source: [Springwise] Yearbook Dot Com John Shin refuses to buy a copy of his high school yearbook. "I told myself. Very useful for travelling players who'd like to find somewhere to play. Today. The Tuckahoe High School student is trying to persuade as many as his friends as possible to sign up at MyYearbook. Another smart feature is a Google Maps mash-up. managed to thrived. like the fax and PC markets. 42. Becoming a member is free. clay and grass courts. I didn't want to miss out on the biggest opportunity in the history of business.and save some money. review tennis gear.e." said John. The company offers website design." A year after launching. he's turning to the internet to preserve and share memories of his sophomore year. sales have increased every quarter since. "When the internet came. The 15-year-old has posted a collection of school-related photos and videos. Even during the dotcom crash. they're like $70. in their own area.com] Tennis. e-mail marketing and personal coaching to real estate agents nationwide. Z57 has four offices.103 - .Real Estates Steve Weber always wanted to be part of something big. school teams or doubles. Instead.000 month. which remained privately funded and owned. using different coloured markers for hard. the company had its first $50. "I'm going to bring everyone who matters to me to MyYearbook. Anybody? Mesh Tennis is a new social networking site just for tennis players.com -. and besides. It also lets players record scores and matches. as do many of his classmates. connecting the tennis community online. Z57. The website lets tennis players find other players of their own skill level. Z57 narrowed its marketing services to the real estate industry. Source: [Entrepreneur.
If there’s one for dogs and cats. Naughty America may well be the success its founders are expecting. class rings and other scholastic memorabilia. . sex.But skeptics wonder if the free website can ever truly replace the traditional printed chronicle of high-school memories -. It's an adult (18+) massively multiplayer online dating game.even for the generation that's grown up with the internet. there's a vibrant opportunity to set up Naughty Belgium.104 - . previously worked together at CNET before starting this company. which sells yearbooks. Source: [Wired] Sexy Online Dating Springwise: One to watch is Naughty America. will anyone want to haul a laptop to the 25th class reunion? And what happens if the technology changes or something happens to the dot-com? Jostens and other yearbook companies have responded to changes in technology by offering a supplemental DVD offering student-compiled music. photos and video.a new web startup focused on car fanatics (and better yet. The founders. Ethan Lance and Dave Snider. etc." said Rich Stoebe. why not for cars? Berkeley. California based Boompa is just that . And although they're inviting players from across the globe. After all. launching this summer. or turn on their webcams for some real world 'action'. "Students continue to say they prefer print yearbooks for obvious reasons. Naughty Dubai. Realworld meet-ups can be arranged for as well. it isn’t ridiculous). Naughty Singapore. director of communications for Jostens. and meeting up. Source: [Springwise] MySpace for Cars We have social networks for just about everything these days. Given the huge success for anything that involves social software. where players can create their own avatars and explore a 'sexy' world.
The articles with the most “diggs” go to the top of the page. The site is extremely well designed and uses Ajax effectively throughout. or want to own." he adds. Since then. communication is the key. Source: [MutualWin] Playing with Eccky Appealing to the IM-generation. gyms. MutualWin. the practice has really taken off with everyone from bloggers to dating sites such as www. is that its readers are also the editors. retailers. What makes this site unique. and contact the owner and/or add him or her as a friend. vacation destinations. and guide it through its childhood and teens. Other users can tag and comment the vehicle. developed the site. well-functioning 18 year old.000 different answers about 3. credit card companies. The parents then have 6 days (each real world day is equal to 3 Eccky years) to raise their Eccky into a happy. www. other forward-thinking sites such as video sharing site Vimeo are also implementing the “dig” feature. however. Eccky (created by Media Republic) is a multi-player concept that allows two people to create a virtual baby. The look and characteristics of the child are based on the unique 'DNA' of its parents.net. a site composed of links to technology news articles.com.consumating. tax consultants and a wide variety of other businesses extend lucrative offers to encourage customers to refer friends to their business. The fact that just the two founders built the site in a few months is impressive.digg. Source: [Springwise] Digg It Just about a year ago. A new Internet site.500 recognized topics.com has the copyright on the term “digg”. we wrote about the Internet trend of tagging.mutualwin. add it to their MSN buddy list.105 - . which is essentially giving it the thumbs up. "This revolutionary Web-based listing service signals the arrival of a new type of free opportunity portal on the Internet. The latest web trend that tech insiders are buzzing about is digging. it can engage in a conversation. connects consumers so that they can take advantage of a wide range of referral offers. a seasoned Silicon Valley executive with a Masters in Logistics Management. which is derived from a quiz the couple takes before conception. Parents chat with their Eccky via MSN Messenger like they would with anyone else. responding with over 45. .Users enter information on cars they own. Because Eccky is – in essence – a very fancy chatbot. Source: [TechCrunch] Winning Together Today's apartment complexes.com using tags to make searching and identification easier for users. airlines. While Digg. "It's a Mutual Win!" California entrepreneur K. Which is where instant messenging comes in: as with real children. "Like-minded consumers nationwide can use the site to cash in on offers extended by all kinds of businesses. fulfilling the site's slogan." Bernstein explains. Users submit articles for review and also decide which articles go on the homepage by marking them “digg it”. Michael Bernstein. The name comes from www.
Source: [TrendCentral] Virtual Riches Jennifer Grinnell." Talk like that is often ridiculed. or more relevantly. The average user convinces five friends to join the first month. Otherwise. claims she earns more than four times her previous salary. Grinnell's shop. Michigan furniture delivery dispatcher turned fashion designer in cyber space. you probably haven't. or Amazon (Research). But this tiny San Francisco company could be the next MySpace. but it also gives control to the users. chances are you've already heard of Xfire. (Research) last year for $650 million. Artists and designers. Xfire's main purpose is to make it easy to play games online with your friends. Mischief. IGN. Mike Cassidy. Grinnell's digital clothing and "skins" allow users to change the appearance of their avatars -. Within a month. Grinnell isn't alone. One of its great virtues as a business is that it has little value for someone unless their friends also use it. it will spread like crazy and you can monetize it later. And after three months she realized she could quit her day job altogether. But if a company really understands its customers.Digging could become a popular alternative to starred or numbered rating systems. Source: [Wired] Xfire CNN Money: "If you make the product cool and people love it. That's what we call a viral business model.beyond their wildest Barbie dress-up dreams." says Cassidy. positive and lacking ambiguity. The speaker in this instance was that company's CEO. It's free. Google (Research) comes to mind. the online gaming site bought by News Corp. Now Second Life is her primary source of income. Not only is it simple. Grinnell was making more in Second Life than in her real-world job as a dispatcher. Or Xfire. "We're a combination of a social networking and community site with a media and ad buying site. If you're a male online gamer aged 18-34. is in Second Life. all designed around gaming. are turning the virtual environment of Second Life into a real-world profit center. whose avatar answers to the name Janie Marlowe. landowners and currency speculators. the whole thing is "monetized" with advertising. a virtual world whose users are responsible for creating all content. Source: [CNN Money] . it's hard to beat such a formula.their online representations -.106 - . and Grinnell. never imagined that she could make a living in a video game. As Cassidy says. or Hotmail. especially by those shaken when the dotcom bubble burst.
They come complete with a silver threaded base.107 - . to support canine service programs. They are reminders of lights my grandma and gram used to hang outside during the holidays. These plush squeakers are embroidered with the words “naughty” and “nice” on each with silver thread. The two plush toys come packed with holiday glee with decorative “tinsel” in a clear reusable satchel with drawstring closure. The bulbs come all sizes for all dogs and in festive red. remember during this holiday season that Planet Dog is committed to canine philanthropy. A portion of every Planet Dog purchase goes directly to the Planet Dog Foundation.flavored holiday toy for any type of dog who enjoys play. The Obree-TUFF Bulb with a Treat Spot is a minty. Now dog owners can bring that nostalgic look to their pup’s toy bin. Source: [Williamsport Sun-Gadget] Dog Scooter This new concept in near zero emission transportation could be just what you’re looking for. if you have a big dog that often takes you for a walk. fat bulbs. green and even glow-in-thedark. My favorite kinds of Christmas lights are the really big. Planet Dog’s non-profit. Hollow in the middle. buoyant and bouncy.Orbee-TUFF The minty-fresh smell of Planet Dog’s Orbee-TUFF balls may just send anyone (even the dog) into the holiday season. Seriously though folks. The bulbs are made from the Orbee-Tuff award-winning material that is doggie-durable. the Treat Spot can be stuffed with favorite treats to keep your dog busy during your holiday fest. Also. The manufacturer and inventor Mark Schuette of Oregon claims the human is in total control of the speed and direction of the dog powered scooter . Planet Dog is proud to help spread cheer and goodwill to dogs that serve and support their best friends. here’s a great way to harness all that energy and travel the bike paths of your city at the same time. Who needs to wrap these. I think it’s more the shape than the smell that is special about these toys. though we suspect that parking might be a problem.
It can be re-moistened. The Cool Vest comes in five sizes.108 - . Owners soak the vest in water and it remains wet. Originally marketed in Japan.because the dog is harnessed inside of the frame and subject to its steering (with 90 degree turns easy) and braking force. two colors. the Cool Vest is now being sold in the United States to keep dogs cool in hot weather. A laminated liner keeps the dog from getting wet and the special fabric dries slowly. allowing the pet to stay cool as the water evaporates and takes away the heat. Source: [Dayton Daily News] . Source: [Gizmag] Cool Vest Just in time for the hot dogs of summer — the Cool Vest. taking up to two hours.
On the web. Customers in Mothercare.com (http://www. to figs. DealMine.com) on any WAP-enabled wireless phone to compare deals and put them to work. meanwhile. said to be welcoming. pumped into shops and the foyers of hotels.com announces the launch of its wireless application for consumers to access their membership deals on the road. 12 JCPenney. By making our discounts and rewards search wireless.What's the Deal? Personalized comparison shopping site. AAA. we hope to make choosing the right deal much easier and more accessible. 800 hotel deals. With thousands of discounts. can smell its distinctive “soft” odour. the baby and toddlers’ shop. DealMine. American Airlines AAdvantage. CEO and Founder of DealMine. miles. The Sheraton chain. Visa. Upromise and more. consumers can access DealMine. the hard part is keeping track of which deal is best. Now when checking in at the rental car or hotel desk.com enables travelers and shoppers alike to bookmark their favorite deals and save their membership numbers – all in one place.com guides shoppers how to take advantage of the programs where they belong as well as learn about new programs. Free membership with DealMine.109 - . Delta SkyMiles. range from melon. “Scent branding” is widespread in America and is now arriving in Britain. Source: [Times Online] . DealMine. which psychologists have found induces feelings of friendliness. 11 Target.” said Scott Cherkin. points and cash back rewards from credit cards. or checking out at their favorite store.com deals and much more from programs including American Express.com. Source: [DealMine. AARP. Veterans Advantage. has begun to perfume the lobbies of all its British hotels with a chemical smelling like fresh fruit. The smells. and the invigorating whiff of lemons.com] Scent Branding The nostrils of consumers are to be assailed with a wave of artificial odours designed to lull them into parting with their money.dealmine. frequent flier programs and associations. “We are all members of countless programs designed to save us money.com or http://m. The site currently features over 100 car rental deals.dealmine.com is the only place consumers will find a one-stop shopping website that showcases how membership-based deals compare with general sales and discounts available to all consumers.com deals.
Calling Get & Go Express an “unmanned c-store” might be a bit misleading. It not only doesn’t have a staff, but the goods are all stocked in machines facing outward. What’s more, it doesn’t have tobacco, alcohol, gas or lotto tickets — c-store staples. And its profit margins are even more distinct from its traditional cousin. Founder Jeff Parsons is building the chain on a simple idea. He realized removing the employees would widen margins to the point that it was feasible, even without the traditional high-margin items that require employees to verify age. And he’s augmenting his efforts with kiosk technology: deploying DVD rental kiosks and ATMs in the mix. Source: [KioskMarketplace]
Smart Shopping Cart
It looks almost like any other shopping cart, except sensors let it follow the shopper around the supermarket and slow down when needed so items can be placed in it. And it never crashes into anyone's heels. "The immediate thing that jumped to my mind was all those times as a kid when my sister would accidentally hit me with a cart," said its inventor, Gregory Garcia. "It seems like the public would really want this, since everybody shops." His cart, also known as B.O.S.S. for Battery Operated Smart Servant, was one of about 30 robots displayed last week by University of Florida students. Source: [CNN]
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Intelligent Fitting Room
Researchers from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s Institute of Textiles and Clothing have recently developed "An intelligent Simulator for Cross-selling & Up-selling using Smart Fitting Room & Smart Dressing Mirror". It is envisaged to help fashion retailers boost business volume by improving sales and customer services. This system uses the technology of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to detect items brought into a fitting room or placed in front of a dressing mirror. When an item is picked into the fitting room or placed in front of a dressing mirror, the product ID will be immediately detected and transmitted to the system through the antennae and reader. The mix-and-match database of the system will then deliver recommendations to the customer through a touch-screen LCD monitor or projected screen. In the fitting room, if the customer is interested to pick the recommended mix-and-match items, he/she can make their choice by clicking the items shown on screen. The salesman in the shop counter will thus be informed, through the intercom system, of the additional items required by the customer inside the fitting room. Source: [SFLORG.com]
Umbrella Vending Machine
Remember Norwegian 'Paraplyselskapet AS', who came up with the world's first fully connected umbrella vending machines? Well, Springwise guess they hit a bit of a rainy spot (maybe it was their name?), as the company is basically inactive these days. So bad idea, end of story? Not really: UK-based Umbrolly has resurrected the concept, and is busy installing machines all over London. There are currently 10 of them dotted around London, with a further 10 out at the end of this month. Machines sell approximately 50 umbrellas per machine per rainfall day. They also signed a deal to place the machines exclusively across the London Underground and will have 150 units on the network by the end of 2005. International expansion is also in the works: the company is in talks with location providers in Germany, Holland and the US. Source: [Springwise]
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When wedding guests don’t put out, savvy newlyweds cash in. Retailers are toasting just-marrieds with completion sales – post-honeymoon promotions that let start-up spouses score discounts on un-purchased registry items. Staples like Bloomingdale’s, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn have all integrated completion programs or events into their pre-wedding registry services. Most post-wedding offers give newlyweds a 10% to 20% discount on unfulfilled registry items for three to six months after the ceremony. Registries help new couples pick up the picket-fence essentials – and get a head start on their new family homes. If guests don’t buy it, chances are they still need (or want) it. When it comes to registering for silver tuna items, it doesn’t hurt to ask. And if friends and family don’t bite on the big ones, enterprising newlyweds can always get a deal. Source: [Iconoculture]
Housework: bane of everybody's lives. Fact. I mean, no one actually enjoys dusting and polishing do they? So this gadget is sure to bring much happiness: RoboMop is a battery powered 8.5 centimetre dusting machine, replete with electro static pad no less. It's a strange contraption that looks as if the design team were visited by alien spacecraft shortly before receiveing their brief, and were thus inspired to create what looks like a flying saucer crossed between a hovercraft: that cleans. Any hard surface, apparently. And with 98% accuracy too. And if you're not sold already? Source: [Shiny Shiny]
Lying in his hospital room, on a mattress designed to protect his fragile skin, 13-year-old Achim Nurse poked his bandaged fingers at an orange button on what looked like a souped-up video game console. Half a second later, in a social studies class discussing the Erie Canal, a 5-foottall steel-blue robot raised its hand. "You have a question, Achim?" said the teacher. Achim is using a pair of robots — one, called "Mr. Spike," at his bedside, and its mate, "Mrs. Candy," in the classroom — to keep up with his schoolwork and his friends for the months he will be bedridden at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, just north of New York City. The robot in the classroom, which displays a live picture of Achim, provides what its inventors call "telepresence": It gives the boy an actual presence in the classroom, recognized by teachers and
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Achim's teacher. create the baby’s bedroom. This pretty-easy-to-use website will generate official US postage stamps featuring a photo or illustration of your choosing (works well with iPhoto for instance). "The robot literally is embraced by students in the classroom as though that is the medically fragile student. The Post Office shut the program down. Source: [AP via Yahoo!] Your Own Photostamps Vanity postage. Babyplanners offer two programs: the ‘Good’ plan. We made some silly faces and they made stamps from them. their stated policy). .classmates. which is in use at six other hospitals around the country. where to secure them. I've seen them used for wedding/party invitations. A 20-stamp sheet of these makes a nice personal. The cost is more than twice that of regular stamps (less if you buy them in bulk). When the service was first introduced two years ago it was abused by clever pranksters -. You can also put business logos on them.” Think sourcing the best baby carrier. which filters products and services based on individual needs. It can move from class to class on its four-wheel base and even stop at the lockers for a between-periods chat. which contains all the details of the service new parents will want and need. and a timeline of when they need them. Source: [Cool Tools] Babyplanners Services As Babyplanners state on their website: “your dedicated babyplanner takes care of all aspects of life concerned with the upcoming arrival: we help you decide what you need and when you need it. or pre-selecting and arranging birth prep or parent confidence classes." said Andrew Summa. and the ‘Great’ plan. and which then goes on to organize them. The service is available again but I don't know what the actual image limits are (vs. Bob Langerfield. or other non-political messages. said his other students had become used to the robot — and were treating it as if it were Achim — after just a few days. utilitarian gift. national director of the robot project.my favorite hack was a Unabomber postage stamp.113 - .
to 'Say Yes & Go'.114 - . cashing in on hard-earned skills and diaper-stained experience. Schiphol gets the TRANSUMER trend that trendwatching.com wrote about earlier this week. according to Zubka. As a travel hub. Whether a couple met on a flight to Bangkok or just wants to be able to go straight from ceremony to runway for their honeymoon. the budget alternative for couples who want a quick and simple ceremony before flying off together. Joining Zubka is free for both referrers and hirers.000. is hoping to shake up the British and European recruiting markets by creating a platform for hirers to tap into the social networks of active referrers. Successfully placing someone in a job with a basic salary of GBP 60. Source: [Springwise] Referral Economy Zubka. Organisations with vacancies to fill can advertise jobs for referrers to browse through for as little as GBP 10 for a four week posting.With the number of time-starved. from the all-out 'Ticket to Paradise': get hitched and leave for a tropical destination together with your wedding guests. Paris. this is a great opportunity for any service-minded entrepreneur who’s been through pregnancy. but is normally between 6 and 8 per cent. well-earning new parents only increasing. New York and Singapore to follow? Source: [Springwise] Airport Weddings New at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: weddings to go. which launched recently. Schiphol offers travellers the opportunity to get married at the airport. A referrer's reward depends on the starting salary of the person referred. valuing transient experiences over fixed possessions.000 would therefore reap the referrer a tidy sum of around GBP 4. Brides and grooms to be can pick from several packages. Tokyo. Increasing numbers of consumers are mirroring travel behavior in daily life. .
Employing an army of college students on summer break. duffel bags. with no restrictions on size or for bulky athletic equipment and duffel bags that sometimes weigh more than 100 pounds. convenience and experience could potentially inspire a long-term customer loyalty program.without suitcases. activities and landing procedures. games.with some parents even arranging drop-offs at laundries and dry cleaners along the way. Gulf Air’s Sky Nanny program is a complimentary service that gives parents and kids a more enjoyable inflight experience. More local versions to follow? Source: [Springwise] No Fear Flight Place your bags in an overhead bin. in the air with babysitting. Source: [StartupJournal] .115 - . thousands of kids will be returning home from summer camp -. "We really are service companies that happen to be trucking companies. allowing the camp staff to focus on getting kids settled in. Trained nannies help on the ground with boarding and seat assignment. They receive bags for a session all at once. tennis rackets. a few days before the kids arrive. the firm picks up baggage at the homes of campers and delivers it to camp just before a session begins. bags are returned -. relax and enjoy the flight. so rewarding people for rooting through their valuable networks makes complete sense. The services often deliver the bags directly to a bunkhouse and the bunk assigned each camper. Much of the baggage will be delivered back to their homes by small firms that have made a business of transporting campers' bags to and from the camps. rather then keeping track of arriving luggage. Giving coach passengers – tall or short – first-class service that meets needs for comfort. hassle-free experience. The service is useful to the camps. So all parents have to do is sit back. fasten your seat belts and hand your kids over." says Camp Trucking's 39-year-old owner.Recruiters are always looking for new channels that will help them find the right person for a job. At the end of the session. Every aspect of Sky Nanny promises parents and kids a comfortable. too. or even their dirty clothes. meal service. Source: [Iconoculture] Delivering Baggage This week. Typical is Camp Trucking. It charges a flat rate. based in Denver. Stuart Seller.
when they eventually choose to get married. While most of Habitaz' lease plans are per month. etc.74/15 minutes). Perfect solution for travelling business people. thanks to a powerful mix of tech and social developments: everyone is online. delivery services. Facilities include open plan workspace that's open 24/7. The company then charges USD 395 for setting up a live stream of the event. Source: [Springwise] Webcast My Wedding Springwise loves forward-looking ventures that manage to stick around until their time has truly come. will have virtual friends in every country with an online connection. youtube!). shared work spaces and meeting rooms in South Africa and all major business hubs in the rest of Africa.net. admin support and secretarial services (ZAR 19. the infrastructure is in place (the web is finally about broadband and video: thank you.000 (USD 145 / EUR 115).a group that's growing explosively in South Africa. and high speed online access.116 - . their pre-paid GreenCard allows customers to rent space and facilities by the hour. A card costs ZAR 1. more and more couples choose to get married in exotic locations far from most of their friends and family. Like webcastmywedding. while jet setting couples have friends in every major city in the world. virtual offices. Source: [Springwise] . support for up to 25 simultaneous viewers (who are sent a url and password). minute or megabyte.Mobile Office A novel twist added by Habitaz is the pre-paid office card. and an on-demand archive of the wedding for 10 days. More streams and an annual archive account can be had for an extra fee. which broadcasts weddings to a couple's friends and family unable to come over from (or to) far flung places. Customers need a video camera. and gives holders access to all of the facilities at Habitaz. Not to mention Generation MySpace. Habitaz is developing a network of furnished business centres. and start-ups -. with free parking and 'bottomless Ethiopian coffee' (ZAR 22/hour). Business is thriving. phone calls. laptop. who. each of which are charged by use. globe-spanning immigration means family members literally live everywhere.
pay by credit or debit card. One to partner with and set up at an airport or train station near you? Just try and get Apple on board. Pricing is similar to that of online music and video downloads. The Fuel for Travel features listening and viewing stations for travellers to browse digital content. they can dock their device. hopes that offering digital content will add to a more enjoyable travel experience for passengers. Once they've found what they want. and download the material. Source: [Springwise] Energy Vending Machine . Fuel for Travel lets consumers download travel guides. music. which is managing the project.117 - .Travel Entertainment Launched yesterday at Schiphol Airport. Letting customers create their own in-flight entertainment package makes perfect sense for travel hubs. Schiphol. audio books. tv shows and movies to their MP3 players and other digital devices. Members of test groups were especially interested in destination travel guides.
glamour caddy services should take off in many markets. but it's not what we sell. Not just eye candy. [The Franchise Magazine] Golf Glamour Proving that every industry can benefit from innovation. which covers 18 holes and an after-links drink at the club house. Source: [Springwise] . the temp agency that we wrote about last year. Source: [The Cool Hunter] The Window Cleaner When Terry Mullins was searching for someone to clean his windows. and the sport's strong ties with business. Considering the continued popularity of golf around the world. and that's just what we've done. Franchisees are empowered to grow their business to a size that matches their own personal ambitions. So. lock their box and return when charging is complete. which consists of 6 small lockers. and "Encourage and applaud where necessary. we are perpetually draining and recharging our batteries." The Local Window Cleaner customers are 'recruited' rather than sold.In a world that is obsessed with mobile phones. In-home refuelling is a cinch. Eye Candy only works with models and other very pretty people. PDAs. Eye Candy Caddies' mission is to make golf sexy. whether for wooing clients or informally closing deals." explains Terry. including essential rules such as "Never laugh at a bad shot"." says Terry." Appealing to a desire for glamour. he discovered that the traditional domestic window cleaner has all but disappeared. The ChargeBox will top up your battery for 40 minutes at a cost of £1. "The market has always been there. each with 4 unique chargers that can power 90% of our mobile devices.118 - . iPods and the like. We sell reliability and peace of mind and our customers are very happy to pay our prices for it. Window cleaning is what we do. Caddies can be hired for GBP 150 and travel expenses. The ChargeBox offers a solution. "What was required was someone to devise a system that could deliver the service reliably and profitably. but the same cannot be said for public places where electrical outlets are typically guarded against unauthorized recharging. after two years of research and planning he has launched The Local Window Cleaner Ltd. every caddy completes a special training program to learn the finer points of golf etiquette. make payment with a coin or via SMS. Users simply plug in to the charger that corresponds to their device. prestige and a bit of fun. using a system that is more of a signing-up process than a form of marketing. Similar to Models At Work." The Local Window Cleaner is committed to supporting franchisees with comprehensive management and staff training. the service is a hit with corporate golf events.
" How it works? People who need money request it.Bid Your Loans "Prosper gives people the opportunity to take back the marketplace for consumer credit. Mazzu’s rejects any and all “fleabag” hotel jokes. and a 0. toys. in return for a one-time 1% fee on funded loans from borrowers. Source: [Springwise] Pets Hotels Ask any canine or kitty: It’s doggone traumatic when owners go away. with a listing of why they need the money. Other people then bid for the privilege of lending money to them. Pet owners who blow out of town and leave the critters behind have some serious guilt to assuage – and a compelling desire to keep their loved ones comforted while they’re gone. A standard “personal suite” gives furry family members a TV. and some numbers describing their credit rating. Source: [Iconoculture] Sell What You Say . Going for highbrow clients. unlimited spring water. But Mazzu’s Dog and Cat Hotel in Philadelphia aims to ease things with tony boarding options that include dinners of filet mignon or fresh salmon. the more likely he is to win the bid. Prosper facilitates. By providing the platform and tools for an efficient marketplace created by and for people. Prosper aims to make consumer lending more financially and socially rewarding for everyone.119 - . Pets-as-people consciousness says animals get stressed upon a change of scenery and the departure of their clan.5% annual loan servicing fee from lenders. daily maid service and “unlimited personal affection. requiring pets to be on active external parasite meds before check-in. The lower the interest rate offered by the lender.” with add-ons like a fresh salmon dinner ($22) or filet mignon ($22).
beverages. They can tell Ether the hours they are willing to take calls. Buyers can search through providers. Sellers only get calls once a Buyer has paid the fee and agreed to the terms. customers pay a 25-30% premium compared to regular supermarket prices.com! Ordering a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a video from your East Village studio in your underwear.more on that below). beautiful flowers now grow on the graves of many a failed dotcom. For this urban luxury. Every seller is issued a toll free phone number (with a dedicated extension). Any service that can be provided over the phone is a perfect match for Ether. Service providers set up an account by providing some personal information and a phone number that they would like to be called at. toaster oven and coffee maker. as well as a microwave. see prices. In Istanbul. They cover long distance charges and credit card processing fees out of this 15%. but it has a massive back end infrastructure (thankfully Ingenio already had it built). but the average order is closer to USD 20 (EUR 17/GBP 11. or accessed via a link/badge that can be placed on a website. Once they agree to terms. Source: [TechCrunch] Night Delivery Kozmo! Urbanfetch! Food. Opening hours are 9pm–6am. The minimum order size is USD 7 (EUR 6/GBP 4). divided into a writing room and a lounge area. After 9 started delivering stuff to demanding Istanbulites in need of urban necessities like condoms. The writing room has 38 partitioned desks. Ah. They call it an “ebay for services”. from free to anything (on a per minute or per hour basis). allowing people to charge for advice over the phone (and by email . while the lounge area contains a kitchenette. The .The concept of Ether is straightforward. There's a refrigerator and cabinets to store members' food and beverages. cigarettes. The buyer is able to access the content only after paying the agreed upon fee. diapers and sandwiches.120 - . Ether takes a flat 15% of fees for its trouble. Sellers can also sell any type of digital content through Ether as well. Source: [Springwise] Room for Writers Paragraph ("providing an affordable and tranquil working environment for writers of all genres") occupies a 2. a large round table and smaller café tables. This content can be emailed out to people.50). And the fun doesn’t stop there. etc. which forwards to their phone. Orders are placed online or over the phone. they can place the call.500 square foot loft space near Union Square. feedback. “Sellers” set their price. and are delivered by motorbike or car in 45 minutes or less. those were the days! But as predicted.
Source: [TrendBlog] More than Laundry Slate is an all-inclusive laundry service for NYC residents available through the web. Cleaned clothes come back wrapped. Monthly access fees range from USD 80 to 132 (EUR 67110/GBP 45-75). then choose a pick-up time. to regular laundering). Free seminars and events make it easy for first-timers to start dealing with their finances and get involved with the money market. no financial surprises: Slate does the sorting. as the company uses a combination of bio-degradable and organic agents. So far. but underneath we are a fashion label. and determines which garment needs to be cleaned by which process (anything from hydro-carbon. and don't need to be published authors: a strong drive to write is enough. they as new as the day you bought them at Barneys. Source: [Springwise] More than Banking Banks of the Future create a stylish and user-friendly atmosphere. wet-cleaning. easy and offer a variety of services which allow the customer to deal with his money independently and flexibly. open spaces for art. who doesn't care as much for the clothes as you do? We speak the same language: fashion. receive a Slate hamper.121 - . When your clothes come back. Which means no standing in line. Customers sign up for a weekly flat fee of USD 50-60 (GBP 29-35/EUR 42-50). hand washing. Target group are people of any income level who want to associate their finances with fun rather than with a strict official approach. tagged. Members are assigned a pin code to access the space. Paragraph has signed up 120 members. 365 days a year.space has a laser printer and wifi throughout." Source: [Springwise] . 7 days a week. You bought USD 250 dollar jeans and you are taking them to be cleaned where? To the run-of-the mill cleaner in his dreary shop down the block. The banks of the Future make banking simple. and is open 24 hours a day. And it is about more than just money: Banks of the Future present themselves as meeting-places. In Slate's own words: "You are dealing with someone who speaks your language. no counting and itemizing. culture and discussion. and good as new. On the surface we are a clothes cleaner. The environment also gets a gentler treatment.
But. when current from a battery or a piezoelectric generator is fed through the tubes. letting the bladders self-adjust as the foot rocks from heel to toe and rolls from side to side. The soles of his new shoes have several hollow bladders. and filled with a deformable and electrically-activated liquid – such as an ester or amide of a phosphorous-based acid. Her team of stylists drive their mobile barber shops onto the campuses of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms so employees can get a quick snip-and-trim without leaving the company office park. the liquid flows freely through the tubes. Dena Kaufer.Mobile Barbers Do you find your weekends being eaten up by errands? Thanks to an ingenious local entrepreneur. connected via narrow tubes. Source: [New Scientist] . a 20-year veteran of the hair biz. Inventor and company founder Louis Rosenberg hopes to change all this with reconfigurable footwear. running or playing sport. depending on whether they are walking. This is because feet often need different kinds of support. Some of OnSite’s stops are open to the public.122 - . Conventional shoes that are ideal for some activities are unsuited to others. the liquid hardens restricting flow and making the bladders firmer. Source: [The Wave Magazine] Smart Soles A Californian company called Outland Research hopes to put high-tech intelligence into sports shoes. while some stops are designed for campus employees only. Normally. you can now eliminate a trip to the hair stylist from your To Do list. has retrofitted three Winnebagos into full-feature salons on wheels.
Bossaball combines many sports – soccer. wakeboarding. Bossaball has become somewhat of a "phenomenon" in Spain with players using all parts of their bodies to pass the ball over a net volleyball style.123 - . innovative design. capoeira. Bossaball that seems to be embracing this desire for the birthday party apparatus of yesteryear and combining it with sports. snowboarding. anywhere on engineered indoor. Source: [Slingboard Sports] Bossaball Phenomenon We have to admit that our adolescent desire for the inflatable "Moon Walk" has never really left us. Originating somewhere between the rock of Gibraltar and the Port of Antwerp. Ridewire is generating a buzz due to its unique. Bossaball also embraces .Ridewire Thrill Daytona Beach area upstart Slingboard Sports introduces "Ridewire". beach volleyball. The Ridewire system is an innovative new ride and training system that is capable of performing the manuevers and thrills found in surfing. outdoor and mobile mount systems. lack of restriction and if all safety systems are used it can be a safe and thrilling zero-impact activity for both adrenaline junkie and individuals looking for a fun new thrill ride. and gymnastics into one giant pitch that consists of trampolines and inflatable cushions. and other action sports. It is a standalone unit that can be ridden anytime. A friend of ours told us about a sport.
Kids and parents already have taken a liking to the card game: The first printing sold out. Source: [Engadget] Bodypad Fighting The Bodypad fighting simulator turns Xboxers' and PlayStation playas' bodies into gaming pads. faith-filled parents aim to protect their offspring from corrupting forces. Like secular parents. Overtime Fitness. players then kick. Source: [Iconoculture] . a DDR-clone called "In The Groove 2" and the Cybex Trazer. Keeping kids at play in accordance with faith principles can prevent tykes from coming under the spell of bad influences. everyone's supposed to be exercising regularly in order to stay well and fit -. we're sure that everyone will be strong. and a tournament is under way. punch and choke at nothing in efforts to defeat their virtual opponents. there have to be ways to get kids into more healthful habits. replete with 240 cards bearing biblical figures. Bodypad's system of straps wraps around gamers' fists. given that 16 percent of American children aged 12-19 are overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.thankfully. Source: [Josh Spear] Game Fitness One day in the future. locations and verses that kids memorize to score points. As we all know. elbows and knees. But today. a virtual realitytype game that maps physical movements to the on-screen action. which opens tomorrow (and restricts membership to kids 13-18) includes a regular workout equipment area. a "study center" with PCs. Macs and free WiFi (for the Linux laptop-toting set?).the crowd with the referees entertaining fans and bands playing live percussion combined with whistles and a DJ. good-looking and above-average. including dance and sports games. kids have a new type of fitness center in Mountain View. The edutainment game tutors kids in the scriptures and faith (play begins with prayer) and encourages Sunday school attendance: That’s where rarer cards are distributed. Harry Potter and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards still aren’t welcome in some Christian homes. then flail their way to gaming glory. California (home of Google!) which aims to appeal to the children of Silicon Valley reared on a steady diet of gadgets. Source: [Iconoculture] Bible Trading Card Game Despite widespread acceptance. Instead of mashing buttons. The 'pad doesn't require special software and works with many existing games. Gamers with get-up-and-go don the goofy apparatus.124 - . The Bible Trading Card Game offers an alternative.
Eagle Industries Ltd. British Columbia. which was not helping to steady her trigger finger any. there sure was a lot of giggling going on. As he watched a golf tournament get rained out on TV.TableFlip Entrepreneur: Beasley is the creator of table golf.'' said would-be assassin Nicole Califano. a new game that combines golf and billiards into one. "I'm going to feel pretty good about shooting someone. "Think you've got what it takes to be an assassin?'' says the game's Web site. and the last person left dry gets $500. Beasley expects 2006 sales of more than $5 million. Beasley hit the road. he wondered what golfers did on rainy days. Source: [SFGate. Califano is one of 130 contestants armed with water pistols who are stalking each other this month throughout San Francisco. and its creator bills it as a "water gun assassination tournament. where many people have even odder ideas about pastimes than they do here. The idea is to squirt your assigned victim before you get squirted by the player who has been assigned to squirt you. Whoever gets squirted is out of the game.'' It was a big hit last year in New York and Vancouver. waiting to ambush and squirt total strangers. It's called Street Wars. Beasley were his game caught the eye of a representative from The Price Is Right. in November 2002. if I don't die first.125 - . Entering the game costs $35. After inviting a few of the neighborhood kids to test out his new game. Beasley dreamed up the game in 1999 while serving a sentence. Beasley left prison three years later.com] . as well as his current manufacturer. who was drinking a beer. Source: [Entrepreneur] The Assassin For an attempted assassination. Armed with his idea and some crude blueprints he had drawn. showing his creation to local pool halls and sporting goods stores.
Since then. So he began studying the electronic payment business. and found ATM companies willing to assemble it for him. He had just kicked off a $3-million building drive. kiosk giving has gradually gained acceptance among his upper-middle-class flock.126 - . it basically offers the possibility to recreate a hug feeling and not on a virtual kind of way. he/she must be wearing a shirt as well. It was nominated as one of the best inventions of this year by the Times Magazine so that is probably a good thing. In early 2005.Hug Shirt The Hug Shirt is perfect for people in love that are distant from each other. he introduced the first machine at his church. or not… Hug shirts don’t have any assigned phone number. The three kiosks are expected to . He designed his machine with the help of a computer programmer who attends Stevens Creek. all the data goes from the sensors Bluetooth to your mobile phone and your mobile phone delivers the hug data to your friend’s phone and it is seamlessly transmitted Bluetooth to his or her shirt! Source: [Uber-Review] ATMs for Church Baker came up with the kiosk idea a couple of years ago. but noticed that few people seemed to keep cash in their wallet anymore for the collection bag. The shirt works with Bluetooth + a Hug Me java software + a cellphone and in order for the other person to receive the hug.
take in between $200,000 and $240,000 this year — about 15% of the church's total donations. "It's truly like an ATM for Jesus," Baker said. This summer, Baker and his wife, Patty, began selling the devices to other churches through their for-profit company, SecureGive. They are its only employees, but a handful of contractors help them custom-tailor the machines for churches. The kiosks can let donors identify their gift as a regular tithe or offering, or direct it to building or missionary funds. The machines send information about the donation to a central church computer system, which shoots the donors an e-mail confirmation. The Bakers charge between $2,000 and $5,000 for the kiosks, which come in a variety of configurations. They also collect a monthly subscription fee of up to $49.95 for licensing and support. And a card-processing company gets 1.9% of each transaction; a small cut of that fee goes to SecureGive. Source: [LATimes.com]
Bytes, a new cafe in the UK town of Canterbury (of Chaucer fame), is making a name for itself with its high-tech ordering system. Aside from helping Bytes save money on wait staff and menu printing, the touchscreens allow the restaurant to build a database of customer preferences, and to change items and prices on the fly. The touchscreens also double as game consoles, keeping the kids occupied. So far, patron response to the touchscreens is overwhelmingly positive, and the owner is already considering opening a second location. As long as customers respond just as enthusiastically to the food, Bytes appears to have a bright future. Source: [FutureWire]
Fuel Cell Toys
At last – energy independence for toys. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies' fuel cell toys are small-scale vehicles powered by the energy source of the future. Its H-racer miniature fuel cell car features an onboard hydrogen fuel cell system. Fill 'er up at the miniature hydrogen refueling station. Sure it's educational – but more important, it's cool! Toys that offer a taste of tech to come appeal to kids and tech-loving grownups (or their "children within"). With all the press that fuel cell tech has gotten, curiosity over hydrogen-powered engines is high. Toys with the tech offer an affordable way to check it out. Source: [Iconoculture]
Replay That Smell
Imagine being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images.
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Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of doing just that. Simply point the gadget at a freshly baked cookie, for example, and it will analyse its odour and reproduce it for you using a host of non-toxic chemicals. The device could be used to improve online shopping by allowing you to sniff foods or fragrances before you buy, to add an extra dimension to virtual reality environments and even to assist military doctors treating soldiers remotely by recreating bile, blood or urine odours that might help a diagnosis. Source: [New Scientist]
Read Without Flipping
If you drop by a show house for an apartment in Korea, you will see that you can read a book without turning pages using RFID technology. If you have a book, desk, and a display equipped with RFID chips, now you can read the whole contents through a large display just by putting the book on the desk ; antenna reads the chip information and delivers them to the display. Of course, you can actually use your hands - if you want - for a touch screen or a remote control. Absolutely royalist is'nt it!! Source: [AVING]
How to Play Cassette Tapes on your PC
Okay, class, in today’s history lesson, we’ll be learning about primitive forms of technology. You see, before MP3 players or iPods, and even before CDs, back in the ’80s and ’90s, people listened to music on devices called cassette tapes. And thanks to the Plusdeck 2, a cassette deck for computers, we can bring it back to life. All we do is slide the internal drive into the CD drive bay, pop in this plastic rectangle known as the
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cassette, and we can listen to the tape (that’s street for cassette) through our computer. Any questions? Source: [DailyCandy]
Easy Page Scanning
Atiz Innovation: What if you could digitize any book you want with just the push of a button and without having to go through the tedious process of turning the pages manually? BookDrive® -- the world’ s first and only desktop-sized, automatic page-turning scanner featuring a patent-pending technology that eliminates manually copying and scanning documents. It is just like any traditional flatbed scanners that you are familiar with, but BookDrive is unique in that it has an automatic page-turning mechanism inside. Simply entering the number of pages you want to scan, BookDrive then automatically outputs the entire content of the scanned book in a digital format without requiring constant supervision and interference. Unlike traditional flatbed scanners, BookDrive enables businesses to digitize content with an automatic page-turning mechanism. BookDrive includes an integrated, easy-to-use software function that performs essential tasks such as auto cropping and image clean-up. Outside is a simple interface. Under the hood it embodies advanced software algorithms to automatically detect edge and crop the results so that what you have resembles the actual scanned page. Source: [Atiz Innovation's BookDrive]
Digital Wine Cellar
These days, more and more people are enjoying the habit of drinking wine because they find this habit healthy. In the future, life will be rich so that common people will enjoy wine. Since how one keeps wine determines the taste and the smell, preserving wine will become more important. Coming from this point of view, we designed a digital wine cellar which keeps wine and also act as a decoration in the house. Function-wise, this machine adjusts temperature according to different kinds of wine, indicates quantity of wine bottles, and controls air circulating up, down and sideways within the wine cellar. Also, interior lighting function is added, so that this conceptual preservation machine can not only keep wine fresh but also act as a decoration. Source: [Yanko Design]
Aged Wines in Few Seconds
Aging is the name of the game when it comes to fine wine. Top producers mature their brews in oak barrels; connoisseurs will keep a bottle in the cellar for years so they can savor the complex bouquet at its peak. For Hiroshi Tanaka, all that waiting is just a waste of time -- and he says he's got the machinery to prove it.
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recorded to CD or downloadable to cell phones. Shorter production time. which runs a small laboratory in Hamamatsu. Tanaka said. Source: [CScout] ." declared Tanaka. west of Tokyo. "Think of the savings we'll make. no need to invest in barrels."We can now electrolyze young wine and ship bottles of fine wine out in no time at all. tourist sights or foreign cities. with young wine to treat and sell. There is a huge variety of technologies which can be used to enable visitors to find their way around the globe. BW2 hopes to sell the bottles on the Internet later this year for an affordable US$5. New online tools enable users to tag certain locations with special barcodes which let interested visitors retrieve the hidden information with their cellphones. The company is in talks with wineries in California and Washington state to start providing its U." he said. So far. no need for storage.. users can explore geographical spaces with the eye of an insider. The most obvious applications are audio tour guides. BW2 Holdings. affiliate. Source: [Mainichi] Seeing The World By connecting the real world with information from the Internet.130 - . most applications are used to tour museums. president of Japanese startup Innovative Design and Technology Inc. iPods and PDA’s.S.
131 - . we've always found it near impossible to find anything original. Perth or Penang. everything has started to look the same.The same faded postcards. it seems that in the age of mass tourism. stylish or affordable worth buying. we said! It's about time someone created some stylish and affordable mementos of all the places we've been. Having travelled to almost a hundred cities in over 40 countries. The same "hand made" ornaments (in China that is!) The same tiresome t-shirts. So we did!" Source: [tosh] Mystery Threatre . this was not through a lack of trying!) Whether it's Prague. we hasten to add. In the words of the founders: "We founded tosh in 2004. (And. nothing quirky. Enough.Tosh Souvenirs Tosh is about the souvenirs you always wished you could find. Nothing original.
travellers are “free” to check things out on their own without a guide breathing down their necks. Guides lead travellers to all the best sights but unlike most tightly-scheduled tour programs. while exploring at their own pace. (Think of it as the new version of the popular ‘80s Murder Mystery Party. Source: [TrendCentral] Youth Vacations In addition to jewelry and electronics.The latest hot show in New York isn’t in the Theatre District. audiences are more like “participants” as they’re on their feet for the duration of the performance. telling them where to meet. In fact. . or even in any theatre for that matter. Source: [TrendCentral] Quirky Nights Under French Skies You can stay in France in anything from a Yurt to an Airstream caravan. Ann Noon offers a guide. recent high school grads have been telling us the most sought after graduation gift isn’t actually a material possession. Part theatre. Targeting 18-35 year-olds. but rather an experience. After signing up. participants receive a “mystery” phone call a day or two prior to the show. part walking tour.132 - . part scavenger hunt. Accomplice: New York is giving participants a whole new way to experience the city. even among locals who previously thought tours are just for out-of-towners. Contiki is a hip vacation company that gives participants the opportunity to travel the world. Prepaid trips from Contiki were the most desired gifts amongst the recently graduated Class of 2006. picking up clues along the way from “random” encounters with Accomplice cast members.) Teams of eight then embark on a crime-solving Lower Manhattan-based adventure.
with optional extras like mobile phones and solar showers charged separately. olive groves and vineyards all around.133 - . Handcrafted from different woods. the Mille Etoiles encampment is home to 12 individually-designed yurts scattered throughout a peaceful oak forest. Gipsy caravans: Four fully equipped gipsy caravans with en-suite bathrooms are the main reason to stay on the Saint Cerice estate in the pretty village of Vogüé. Paint jobs draw from the whole spectrum of visual art and pop culture. are designed for maximum comfort. Escape Rentals is attracting travellers who are tired of mass tourism and looking for a more unique experience. Each of their nearly 100 campers is given an aerosol overhaul by a New Zealand artist. at around NZD 59 (USD 37/EUR 29) per day.Yurts: Squatting at the top of the Ardèche river gorge. Escape Rentals is a New Zealand camper rental company that sets itself apart by letting artists turn camper vans into art on wheels. three of the yurts are hidden deep in the woods with their own miniature camp kitchen and ecological toilet. Taking something slightly dull – a camper – and turning it into something fresh. from kiwiana to Far Side comics and Maurice Sendak to Pablo Picasso. also in the Ardèche. the surrounding parkland feels very Mediterranean. Teepees: In the western Loire stands Le Bonheur de Vivre. For honeymooners. a Sioux Indian village with six "authentic" wigwams decked out in skins and pictures of chieftains of yore. The caravans. each tent is furnished with a double or king-sized bed and has a relaxation area complete with hammocks. Rental rates are competitive. overlooking some of the most rugged scenery in France. which each sleep five. Source: [Telegraph UK] Funky Campers In keeping with today's mobile theme. With cherry trees. Source: [Springwise] .
which I am sure will have traditionalists jumping up and down with rage.com. One of the routes claims to take you in 90 minutes and 5 miles down the Spanish Steps. You find yourself in Rome . you get to Castel S. on issues such as the name of the tribe. tribewanted is looking for 5000 people from around the world to become part of a tribe that will not only exist online. Source: [Italy Magazine] . and how to build an island community in an environmentally friendly way.you don’t have to make that choice anymore! The ever resourceful Romans have come up with a whole new take on sightseeing in Rome. but will also settle. Another route takes you in 60 minutes through 2000 years of history round the Imperial Forums and the Colosseum. tribewanted is creating a global tribe that will develop a sustainable eco-community on an island in Fiji. Source: [Springwise] Sightjogging We are sure this happens to everyone all the time. says the Sightjogging website. The clients are met at the hotel or at predefined locations and during the route the trainer gives cultural information about the highlights of the route itself in the language chosen by the clients. Adventure Island is known as Vorovoro. type of infrastructure that will be required.134 - . on 'Adventure Island'.”. through the city’s very heart and across the Tiber River. The trip is handled by multilingual trainers jogging tourists along predefined routes. “An absolutely striking route. and is being leased to tribewanted by the local tribal chief.and are not sure whether to spend them in the gym working out or sightseeing. Hunters are members for 2 years and can stay for 14 nights (GBP 240 / USD 420).just have a couple of hours at your disposal . the tribe will be formed and will start to make tribal decisions by voting through the online community at tribewanted. In what seems like a hippie dream crossed with an episode of Survivor. In short. On the map.Join the Tribe Launched last week by two young British entrepreneurs. Well . There are three types of membership to choose from: Nomads get 1 years membership and 7 nights on the island for GBP 120 / USD 210. not to be missed on your first visit to Rome. 100 at a time.Peter’s Basilica. and Warriors are member for 3 years and can stay for 21 nights (GBP 360 / USD 630). Angelo and the magnificent St. When the 5000th member joins. the latest trend for the fitness-conscious visitors of Rome is a guided tour of Rome whilst jogging.
the window. you’ll always be able to give things a rest.In Need of SkyRest Modern aviation is nothing to laugh at. Or use it as an impromptu table. No more back and forth between the tray. foot prop. Although crying about it is quite acceptable.135 - . pull out the SkyRest. Especially when you discover that your $600 ticket entitles you to an extra pack of peanuts. wedge-shaped travel pillow makes even the most uncomfortable spots downright pleasant. The miraculous. a seat that doesn’t recline. Source: [DailyCandy] Cabs for Pink Ladies . Just set it in your lap and snooze. Because it easily inflates and deflates. and the stewardess’s tortured life story. or back support during long layovers. the headrest. The angle ensures that your head always stays forward. and your neighbor’s shoulder. Before the situation goes from bad to worse (her teen years were soooo tragic).
you'll need to fill out a short form that includes your bio as well as preferences on topics such as hotels (Holiday Inn or Four Seasons?) and clothes (Prada or Levi's?).com. To get to space. Then you'll need to ask the airline to put you in adjoining seats. "A journey into space seems like a distant dream for many but this deal makes it more even more achievable for our frequent travelers to become astronauts. Passengers sign up as members. Flying Club members will be able to convert their regular miles into space miles.000 initially but the company expect prices to fall over time. Tiernan Gill. paid by credit card or with a 'pink account'." Virgin Galactic commercial flights are expected to cost $200.In London alone. "We expect the first Virgin Galactic space flight to take place in 2008 which gives our Flying Club members time to save up all their miles. said." said Sir Richard Branson. romance -whatever it is you want from a seatmate.136 - . and fares are either pre-paid. To get started. The Pink Ladies drive Renault Kangoos that are pink inside and out. "I have quite a number of truck owners contacting me and asking if I knew of anyone who had recently passed the artic. which won the Ansari X-prize for repeat trips to space by a privately built craft. Source: [Springwise] Astronaut Miles Frequent flyer miles will for the first time be good beyond this planet. You'll pay $5 if you contact anyone. AirTroductions. making them highly visible." . Virgin Galactic will own and operate privately built spaceships. based on a new offering from Virgin Atlantic airways and its space-related sister company Virgin Galactic. members will need to log 2 million miles down here. which is both convenient for members and safe for drivers. enter your flight data to see who is signed up on the site for the same flight. chairman of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic. licence and who was looking for a job. a new Web site. 10 women are attacked each month after getting into an unlicensed mini-cab. modeled on the history-making SpaceShipOne craft. who established Gills Driving School thirty-five years ago. Source: [BusinessWeek] Truck Drivers Agency A Ballina man who is already one of the most successful businessmen in the West of Ireland is embarking on a new venture to match potential employers with qualified drivers who are available for work. Once you have a ticket.com] Social Networking in the Sky Airline flights are one of the few situations where you find yourself wedged against a total stranger for hours at a time. It might as well be someone you like. No wonder that many women feel safer taking a taxi driven by a woman. With that in mind. book discussions. Pink Ladies spotted a business opportunity. aims to match like-minded fliers for business networking. and created the UK's first women-only private car hire franchise. Source: [SPACE.
and at select stations of San Francisco’s BART and Los Angeles’ Metropolitan Transit Authority systems. The ‘Texxi’ service allows users to text their house address and postcode to the Texxi SMS number. Tiernan Gill says what he intends to do is to interview drivers who are looking for jobs and then to rate them . Bikers dial up for quick and easy ways to protect their bicycle investment. route shakeouts and confrontations with unions. the delays.on a number of factors including driving ability and personality. Source: [NetImperative] Pogo Airline-Taxi Service It's time for a revolution in business travel. Customer accounts are linked to cell numbers. presents a lot of advantages for both the employee and the employer. and then share the journey with other passengers going to the same area. Why fight the crowd at the bike rack? Clancy Systems International's Bicycle Parking Network allows bikers to use their cellphones to reserve and pay for bike storage. at UCLA. He said the agency. As bicycling continues to roll as a viable commuting alternative. Users locate available lockers online and then use their cells to reserve space and retrieve access codes for drop-off and pickup. which is the first of its kind in Connacht. enabling automatic monthly billing. Source: [Iconoculture] SMS A Texxi Technology firm Crane Dragon has begun testing a new taxi service in Liverpool that encourages travellers to text a taxi request via their mobiles. For example. for the employee it opens up a wide range of opportunities for jobs all over Connacht and for the employer it represents time and costs saved in interviewing and advertising.one to ten . services and amenities that cater to bikers' special needs – like parking stations with showers and changing rooms and valet bike parking – are going to become more important.137 - . the lost . the cancelations. Lockers cost $2 per day. Having fewer airlines will exacerbate the already lousy service that makes so many people hate to fly these days--the long waits. The commercial airline business is going through another round of bankruptcies." The service is available in Denver.He added that qualified drivers were very hard got at present and potential employers often had to go through a lengthy process of advertising and interviewing on a number of occasions before they got the right person. Passengers will be directed to pre-determined ‘muster points’ to meet up with their driver who will have received a text confirming each passenger’s booking reference. plus a 10% "convenience fee. Source: [Western People] Parking Space Reservations and convenience services widen the range of possibilities for those who use pedal power. The system will then aggregate other passengers wanting to go to the same area and confirm details of the taxi driver’s name and badge number to the passengers.
"The planes will go wherever the customers go. using Web-based software to route small aircraft as needed. but we can pick up at 4:30. we will probably be over in Rochester and have to fly over and get you." says Crandall. who still chain-smokes his cigarettes down to the filter. ‘Yeah.. "You drive up to the airport minutes before your flight. Short flights aren't worth the hassle anymore.. no terminals and no baggage handlers. and we'll say. "There're no ticket counters. Me. $8 million in capital and a small fleet of new-generation lightweight jets on order. 63. Crandall and Burr are calling their air taxi service Pogo--after the stick that bounces." Source: [Forbes] .m. You might say I want to go at 4 p. The idea is to introduce air travel on demand.'" Pogo will begin service next year with a new class of six-seat minijets flying from North Carolina to Maine." says Burr. there's been a 21% drop in passenger volume for flights of 500 miles or less. we can't go at 4. The jets will fly point-to-point among the nation's largely underused 5. At this point it's little more than a grand plan.400 smaller airports.138 - . "If you're in Syracuse and want to go to Portland. through which 90% of travelers pass. 68. the pilot loads your bag and away you go. reports the Air Transport Association of America.bags. Since 2000. situated within a half hour's drive of 93% of Americans. These airports are free of the aggravating congestion of the 50 largest domestic hubs. not Walt Kelly's cartoon possum.
"They used to cook with their mother or grandma. "Part of what we are seeing is a trend in 'eatertainment' with all the cooking shows. Most commonly found travelling from the US to Asia in search of a bargain. this city is now known as a tailoring hub. Oh no. And it's not just the jetrosexuals who are evolving -. plus a plethora of new cookbooks for the young chef who aspires to be the next Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay. Now it appears there is a new name for members of the fashion-forward jetsetting set. It all started years ago when European and American designers began outsourcing the production of their fabrics to Asia. the latest trend in extracurricular activities for children ages 4 to 16 is cooking class. cooking birthday parties. message boards. And not just any cooking class." So they send them.Rise of the Jetrosexuals A few years ago. a new sexual classification emerged on the scene." Also known as "flash-packers. says Hengst. we know that there are a major amount of kids watching from as young as 5 up to 15 years old. Source: [Fast Company] Eatertainment for Kids Forget swimming lessons and soccer. Indeed. As funny as I thought it was when I first heard the term "metrosexual. a spokesman for the Food Network. metrosexuals weren't just a passing fad --people now comfortably identify themselves as such. or go with them. "Jetrosexuals. cheap faux couture clothing. jetrosexuals are known to carry little more with them than an iPod and the latest issue of Vogue. Although still conjested and plagued with poverty. mail questions and telephone calls. says Mark O'Connor. to cooking class. private cooking lessons. getting kids in the kitchen for something other than meals is about capturing a bit of nostalgia.139 - . N. Apparently.the money spent on textiles and fashion in Vietnam has brought about dramatic change in the economic and cultural landscape of Hoi An.'' says Stephen Hengst. kids even make up a large part of the audiences for cooking shows. There are culinary summer camps. kids flock to see celebrities like Ray and superstar chef Emeril Lagasse. noting that at book-signings and public events.Y. Source: [HeraldNewsOnline." I think it's even funnier that it stuck around. jetrosexuals are known for having their passport ready to go at a moment's notice. "Based on our Web site traffic. and an eye for stylish.com] Smoothies War . For the parents of budding chefs. but life is so hectic they don't have time to do the same for their kids. spokesman for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park." O'Connor says. and the booming Asian textile industry. the new trend is being fueled by two things: Ridiculous airline discounts that chop $1000 fares to Asia to less than $50 from gateway cities. Applied to individuals who travel worldwide in search of fashion bargains." jetrosexuals revel in fashion and travel.
is the UK's biggest smoothie chain. the chief technology officer at Nielsen. expects to turn over more than £5m this year. adding interactivity. TV is going on cellphones. coffee shops took their place on every street corner. now eight years old.D. The firm. the new fast food fight is on a rather healthier battlefield. But now that the noughties are well established.S. NPD said that sales of learning and exploration toys rose in 2005.just as they do every April -. the Web is going on TV and everything. cell phones and MP3 players compete for kids' attention and parents' dollars. fast-food burger joints flooded UK town centres.I. Notably. and whether we're paying attention while we're watching and even whether we're actually noticing the advertisements among the shows we may or may not be watching -. new episodes of ''Desperate Housewives'' and ''C. But perhaps most alarming to the toy business is slumping sales. The UK smoothie market is worth £100m and doubling yearly. watching television in America has been defined by the families recruited by Nielsen Media Research who have agreed to have an electronic meter attached to their televisions or to record in a diary what shows they watch. betting that "toddler tech'' will help reverse several years of slumping sales. This setup may not last much longer.6 percent to $21. retail sales for the toy industry as a whole fell 3.3 billion in 2005.O.In the 80s. The toy industry has responded by embracing technology. That followed a decline of 3 percent in 2004. Source: [MercuryNews. is moving to video-on-demand (V.) and (quite possibly) the .'' and ''American Idol'' will battle for prime-time supremacy in the overnight Nielsen ratings. London's Crussh. By the 90s.com] TV Advertising Trends One of the great contradictions of modern American life is that almost everyone watches television while almost no one agrees anymore about what it really means to watch television. Source: [BBC] Toddler Tech From industry giants Mattel and Hasbro to smaller players LeapFrog and VTech. we know that as spring gets under way. creating whole new categories of educational toys and expanding the use of sophisticated electronics in products for kids as young as newborns. according to NPD. Warnings about obesity and increased awareness of the importance of eating five fruit a day have fuelled a surge in healthy eating. For the past decade or so. Luff seemed to view the modern American home as a digital zoo where the lion is about to lie down with the lamb: radio is going on the Web. toy manufacturers are lowering the age ranges for their high-tech and educational offerings at this year's Toy Fair. which opened its 15th branch just off Oxford Street in October. as he pulled out gadget after gadget to show me what he's up against. One day this January I sat in a Greenwich Village workroom with Bob Luff.well. the tense weeks when rival stations pursue a fierce oneupmanship of flamboyance and hype and the Nielsen-measured audience sizes determine future advertising rates. adding 6 percent to $400 million. this is where things get tricky. it seems. True. U.S. Just as programmers and advertisers are clamoring for a better understanding of the television audience. But when it comes to figuring out how many of us are watching these shows. a wave of new consumer products has made it increasingly difficult to satisfy them.to win the May sweeps. as video games. We also know that local broadcast stations around the country will begin scheming -.140 - .
org and student-run newcomer JobSherpa.141 - . ''will change more in the next 3 or 5 years than it's changed in the past 50. Think of the snap-on smile as the white-enameled cousin to the press-on nail. which fits snugly over existing teeth. For a high school or college student. The teeth also are more proof of dentistry's changing focus." says Jeff Golub-Evans.000. and The Kelsey Group.'' Luff said over the noise of five sets tuned to five different channels. Plenty of places on the internet are geared toward helping would-be employees find a job. Source: [NewsTarget] Celebrity Smiles Emulating A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow or Halle Berry is a snap: The latest celebritychanneling accessory is a set of prosthetic choppers modeled after Hollywood's most Chiclet smiles. Only with this device. If current trends continue. Students can search open postings for free. The resin appliance. that means job-hunting season will soon be under way. Those running the sites say they're more useful to students and those in their teens to early 20s than general job sites are because they list high-turnover. entry-level positions. the Internet will become more popular for local business searches than newspapers in the next year. Source: [Wired News] . it's still March. goes for $1. attaining Julia Roberts' million-dollar grin doesn't set someone back nearly that much.iPod and the PlayStation Portable. 70 percent of American households now find local businesses using the Internet.com purport to help students find jobs and refine their employment-seeking skills.000 to $3. with or without registering." Source: [Shreveport Times] Student Job Sites Hit or Miss Sure. They might also lead students to jobs with nontraditional hours for those with college schedules to accommodate. Studentjobs. "More and more patients go to dentists to look better rather than to feel better.'' Source: [The New York Times] Local Shopping on the Internet According to a study conducted by market researchers Constat Inc. depending on the site. Some also offer extras like résumé-building help or tips for getting through an interview. Teens4Hire. The sites generally operate by charging employers a fee to advertise open positions. but summer's fast approaching. A poll conducted in October 2003 found the figure to be 60 percent.is there a more appropriate place to hit up than traditional job sites? Some websites cater to just those needs. Think of it as yet more evidence of a public firmly sinking its incisors into celebrity culture. a Manhattan cosmetic dentist. ''Television and media.com. But what if you're looking for seasonal or part-time employment -. with 73 percent using the local newspaper. Even the federal government has jumped into the act with its site. GrooveJob. "It's not just for health.gov.
but what about interpersonal skills? Can he relate well to you and other rabbits? Well. Inc. And with the GPS service enabled. Using caller ID. with its own private number.that's right . read you today's headlines or give you his opinion of the previous week. sounds and lights.Smart WiFi Bunny So you are probably wondering if a rabbit can really be "smart"? Well this bunny can teach you tai chi. pull RSS feeds and tell you the time. We'd say that's pretty smart .142 - . Move your Nabaztag's ears and its spouse's will too. and his body can show off hundreds of colors and special patterns of light. Source: [Gizmodo] Wearable Wireless Motorola. Details and designs are set to be unveiled by mid-2005. Nabaztag can move his ears. The idea is simple: it's a cell phone and GPS unit on a collar. Motorola is collaborating with Oakley — a leader in eyewear design. it automatically picks up when an approved number calls.but he's also got personality. you'll even be able to yell at them when they've wandered too far from home. Sometimes he will even have his own random things to say. Inc. No word on an actual shipping product yet (their first announcement at all was in September).if he thinks that he didn't receive enough messages he might be unhappy. Nabaztag can marry another rabbit . read your e-mail. Nabaztag can let you know when you have a new email. And as far as friendship. so Nabaztag is smart and has personality . today announced a joint venture to introduce new Bluetooth(TM)enabled wearable wireless communications devices for innovative hands-free operation of electronic devices. . as long as you can put up with his moods! Okay. allowing you to speak to your dog or cat (but probably dog) from wherever you are. But be careful because he is uncompromising .copying the other rabbit's movements. and Oakley. report the weather or stock market. but the patent-pending collar could be great—if you don't mind spending a lot of extra cash on your pets. play music. This bunny likes to nibble on WiFi [ThinkGeek] PetsMobility PetCell The PetsMobility PetCell is only a concept for now. Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications company. talk and whistle. technology and innovation — to fuse Motorola's latest Bluetooth technology with Oakley's advanced eyewear concepts. but it looks like something that could be surprisingly fun and useful for people who will spend any amount of money on their pooch.
employees could move back to their "home floors" without selecting a floor number everytime." Source: [wirelessIQ.info] Smart Elevators Mitsubishi Electric Corporation developed a technology that combines RFID tags and cameras for controlling elevators. Also. Instead. in an office building. they wait for people.) This technology seems to have many useful applications -. By combining RFID and image processing." said Cos Lykos. With their technology. we're dramatically expanding the possibilities for our new electronics category."By teaming with Motorola. they claim that their system could tell if a person wanted to use an elevator or was just waking near an elevator (without any intention to use an elevator. elevators don't make people wait for them. The company wants to commercialize the technology in 5 years. Vice President of Business Development. Some technical challenges still remain.143 - .Handicapped people and the elderly may be able to get on an elevator without the trouble of pushing buttons. Moreover. Source: [Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun] . tags can be used to prevent unauthorized persons from getting on an elevator. "Oakley's engineering team now has an expanded technology arsenal to develop new and innovative electronic products.
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